Back to Nepal Amidst Risk

Dearest IOEP Community, I can’t believe it but it has been MONTHS since I’ve written. Partly it’s just been busy-ness. Life has this incredible way of filling up. Clients having babies, my own four-legged girls and their various needs, and just staying on the up and up with all of life! It can be SO […]

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Here, There, and Everywhere a Refugee

To escape murder, rape, enslavement, forced labor, and torture you realize your only opportunity of survival is to flee your home country – the only land and community you have ever known. The only trees you have memorized climbing to find fruit, the only plants you know that heal your wounds, and the only shelter you […]

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Birth, Death, and Bombs: Life on Burma’s Border

(A busy intersection at the entrance to Mae Sot, near Burma border.) (Refugee housing…) (A woman washes her daughters soiled clothes after an episiotomy.) Squatting over a pit toilet in a concrete compound, I heard the first bombs going off. I thought to myself, here it is – life on the border of Thailand and […]

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Heavy Heart on Horseback: My Pilgrimage Through Mustang

Mustang lies in the north-central part of Nepal, bordering Tibet (now sadly referred to as China). The Kingdom of Mustang​ in Nepal​​, despite the connotation,​ has nothing to do with mustangs​!​ ​Mustangs are in fact, truly American, feral horses. But that is not to say​ the people of Mustang aren’t horse-people, because th​at is precisely […]

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The Buddha Was Born in Nepal

Or was it India? It’s a hot topic of debate in Asia… It seems that the Buddha was born before India and Nepal even existed as countries but the territory where he was born is (likely) modern-day Nepal. And the Nepalese are so proud to share this! Though you will find a similar argument in […]

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Witnessing India, Practicing Self-Love

Hanging at Aashray, Indian women don’t like to smile in photos! And just like that, my month in India has come to an end. I am now here in Nepal embarking on a different journey, though with a similar flavor. It has been a few weeks since my last post. There were a few things […]

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Shattering Secrecy In The Slums

            I have been working in the slums a lot recently, more than doubling my number of treatments there! (Though I stick to ear acupuncture with these clinics because of the sheer volume!) Yesterday I hosted a clinic in Bawana slums, one of the poorest and predominantly Muslim communities of […]

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In The Arms of Delhi

New Delhi has taken me in. What a journey so far and it`s only day 3! There is already so much to write about but I will give you some of the highlights as I unravel this very new and different-looking picture. To start with, I am staying in a bedroom that has just been […]

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