gratitude: 5 things to share


There are so many wonderful gems on the internet and I would never run out of blog posts if I were to write about all of them. In the spirit of Valentine’s Day, it feels right to share just a few things I’m grateful for.

Blog: I have several WordPress faves but wanted to give a special shoutout to Linda at litebeing chronicles. Linda’s posts are deeply insightful, with a good measure of pop culture thrown in. There’s also astrology. 🙂 Linda’s been a big supporter of mine since early in my blogging days, and I’m very appreciative of her friendship, encouragement, and always thoughtful comments. Thank you Linda!

Just after writing this I found out Linda is in the hospital. We are sending you well wishes Linda.

Book: Dancing in the Bamboo Forest. This was written by DJ at After DJ read some of my earlier posts about India and my inklings to begin yoga teacher training, she generously sent me a copy of her memoir documenting her travels and yoga experiences in India. I resonated deeply with so much of her inner and outer journey. It rekindled my desire to visit Mother India again, hopefully soon…

DJ’s book also inspired me to keep writing. So many of us want to write a book – let’s just do it! Who knows who our words will help. The purpose of creativity is to share.

Youtube: emergegrowprosper. I’ve been following Jenna Forrest’s teachings for about a year now and I’m so thankful for this channel. Jenna shares the (love) awakening process from the point of view of a highly sensitive empath. Her teachings are clear and profoundly healing in their depth and simplicity. For such cosmic and spiritual subject matter, she is very down-to-earth and practical. Jenna doesn’t advertise and she’s not on Facebook; her channel is growing primarily through the strength of her classes and messages.

[2018 update: I no longer follow Jenna’s channel as her message changed significantly in 2017. Read my post for more on that]

Documentary: The True Cost. Thanks to my friend AM for telling me about this one. This documentary explores the impact of the fashion industry on the environment and the human beings who produce the clothes. It is a game-changer in the way I shop, and the stores I visit. (Whenever a friend  tries to get me to go into H&M, I mention this documentary.) As an Indian woman, the film hit me especially hard as I saw how I’ve been playing into the suppression and violence of my Indian sisters across the globe.

Many of us are already aware of this issue – sweatshops aren’t exactly a secret – but for me it was a major wakeup call.

Website: What can I say, I love The Power Path! I’ve been trying to not overdo it with the spiritual articles and websites, but Jose and Lena Stevens’ moon updates, monthly forecasts, and monthly articles are always inspiring and insightful. They don’t sugarcoat the chaos of the paradigm shift we’re all experiencing (and co-creating), and their shamanic perspective and practical advice helps me navigate this grand adventure on planet earth.

Thank you, Internet! ❤

And of course, I’m grateful for the teachings of Kundalini Yoga. I’m currently immersed in the next module of my teacher training program, now in a different city, with all new people. It is a complete contrast to the intimate, cozy retreat setting I’d become accustomed to. But so far I’m enjoying the shift in perspective, and meeting some amazing yogis. The only constant is change…

13 thoughts on “gratitude: 5 things to share

    • I hope you like the links! In addition to her youtube channel, Jenna Forrest’s website is and she’s got some great information on twin flames (because you mentioned that in your other comment), and so much other stuff. All her writings and videos are very comforting to me! Let me know if you resonate with the Power Path too! 🙂


  1. Hi Aleya,
    I’ve got a ‘thang’ for the spiritual stuff – I also try not to overdo it, try. We’ve got that Full Moon in Virgo opposite Neptune/Sun in Pisces, emphasizing where this tendency may show up

    😉 5 delights! I’ll be back!! 5 is palatable, savory! exciting!

    So nice to see your words in my feed. I’d also like to visit India again, too. Last time was in 2001. I’d be so grateful if you go there soonish, and write on your blog while you are there. It’s really wonderful that you and DJ made the connection here ~ beautiful! ❤ I'm looking forward to checking out the Power Path, and just about everything you mention here.

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  2. It was so heart warming and surprising to come to your blog Aleya and read about me 🙂 I felt your love and it was very healing at this difficult time. I am partially astounded that you were thinking of me prior to learning of my hospitalization. I said partially because we blogettes tune into each other. That’s how we roll! So a big hug to you with a large side order of gratitude.

    I took a look at some of your resources and they look good. I always welcome learning more about the quality resources on and offline. It was how I discovered Matt Kahn, who is now one of my favorite thought leaders. It is wonderful that you are tapping into your Indian heritage. It is such a fabulous culture with the music, food, hinduism, art, yoga, etc. I could go on and on.

    Love to you my sweet friend and sister on this journey.

    Namaste, Linda

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    • Hi Linda, I’m so glad you’re home and able to recover in your own space. I know many of us blogettes were sending you positive thoughts and vibes!

      There is so much to discover these days as new voices are coming through all the time. It’s exciting that all of us on this awakening journey are connecting and sharing ideas. I read Jenna Forrest’s book a few months ago – a memoir of her childhood – and felt like I could have been reading about myself! (She is an empath/sensitive.) It’s so interesting and exciting to find those who we connect and resonate with! Ultimately, it is all about love, isn’t it.

      Thank you! Sending big healing hugs your way. Namaste, Aleya

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  3. Thank you for sharing these links. You have a really broad range of traditions. Yoga and astrology and teachings for empaths. Wow.
    Thanks for mentioning that Linda is in the hospital. I will send her best wishes for her health.
    Blessings and peace,

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    • Thanks Karin. I love that we have so many teachings and perspective available with technology, with new voices coming online every day…yeah it’s easy to go overboard but ultimately it’s quite an amazing thing! 🙂 Linda is home from the hospital now. Aleya

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