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Freedom

This time last year I wrote the piece below on the stories of inspiring women pursuing creative paths in Bahrain. This month, as Malja, a haven for budding artists, writers and musicians, has come to a close, I am seeing how far we've come collectively as a community in making creative expression accessible locally and giving people platforms to shine. Some people who frequented Malja are now stepping up to that role by organizing open mics on their own, keeping that energy of safe havens alive.As I deepen my own understanding of what conscious living is about and what draws me to it, I'm realizing that for me it's a longing for freedom. Whether its freedom from having to manage clutter, or needing a big...

Simple Pleasures

It started with a thought: what if we had community meetups in Bahrain's parks? Sunset walks, or a quiet afternoon reading books or magazines at a park by the sea, or playing boardgames, or meditations, or sharing stories of memorable experiences in nature that have changed us? The options are endless. I wondered why I felt drawn to those experiences and what they had in common, and it one thing: they were simple pleasures. So in early October, I reached out to some community-minded people about creating a series of community events called Simple Pleasures. They were all in, and a month later, we are here, having co-created a series of ideas for outdoor events that have burst forth from our hearts, each with a different signature.We...

The Conscious Living Community

Over the past few years, I have been lucky enough to meet so many people who are inspired to live natural, healthy and balanced lifestyles in Bahrain. Each one of them has given me belief in the beauty and strength of this community of Conscious Living: people who live with an awareness of how their everyday choices can help themselves, others and the planet.This blog will explore some of those people and the inspiring work that they do, whether they are making handmade natural products, healing through yoga, or challenging themselves to live more environmentally because they trust that their everyday choices make a difference. I hope you get to see what I see: a growing community of people who are creating change by believing in...