Scenes From An Indian Restaurant: Collisions of Parallel Time

This story has been around for months now.  It is time to dust it off and take it out of storage. The actual event happened in early February ( for me a very fortuitous time), yet I kept it stashed away with the other drafts. Why the wait?? I did not want to finish the story. Too many memories and  bittersweet emotions were rising to the surface and I simply did not want to deal.  I began questioning my intentions “Do I blog about this or not? Will anyone care about this anyway?” The answer came quickly but the writing dragged at a snail’s pace. So here we are four months later and I am still stalling!

I do think this story is worth telling and hope it proves to be both provocative and compelling. So without further adieu:

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I drove to a popular Indian restaurant for lunch on the way home from dream group. I had a wild craving for lamb biryani which could not be denied. Driving down the hill towards the shopping center, I realized that a former  chain restaurant was situated in the very same place. I quickly reflected on a college boyfriend’s affinity for their double stuffed pizza. He often brought take-out to my house when we were dating.  This is when I discovered their amazing red double -stuffed pizza. He bought a lot of takeout because I was not much of a cook back then. Little has changed! It has been so many years since I last tasted this decadent, greasy, cheesy delight.

I find it strange that I am now spending more time in this Philadelphia suburb.  This area had been pretty much forgotten about by me. My life has taken me in many different directions since then. I had worked down the street from here right after college graduation. At that time Indian food was less mainstream and lunch usually consisted of sandwiches or hoagies. Much of this neighborhood has changed, but it has still retained its charm.

The colorful dining room before me is rather empty. Some lovely music is playing in the background and the smell of spices lingers in the air. When I enter the restaurant , the waiter motions me to a table directly behind a young couple. The man is sitting towards me and the woman is sitting directly across from him. The man is speaking rather loudly so I can hear most of the conversation. It begins “I traveled to the ashram in India to worship with ***** (an Indian Guru). I stayed for several weeks.” He goes on to describe his experiences there. I immediately realize that my college boyfriend had visited the very same ashram to spend time with this guru. I think to myself ” I am surprised that people talk about this guru anymore as he has been dead  for quite some time. ”  I look forward to my vegetable samosas when they arrive:

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The samosas are crunchy on the outside, with a fluffy potato and pea filling that is spicy and comforting. I cut them up in small pieces and dip them in the chutney. Then I generously pour raita over them and savor the hot/cold, crispy/soft, and savory/sweet elements and textures. Just like the imposed duality of living, there is enjoyment within the complex messiness.

I can hear the young man’s voice over the music once again. I wonder if he is trying to impress his companion with his intellectual prowess. He then compares Eastern spirituality to Judaism and how the people in India were less repressed. I find it interesting because Judaism is a part of my heritage. The conversation then progresses to his enjoyment of a Grateful Dead cover band. I practically worshiped the Dead as a teenager and young adult and had seen both The Jerry Garcia Band and The Dead with aforementioned college boyfriend. He then discusses a particular Philly Neighborhood. The streets he mentions are very familiar because I lived only a few blocks away as a senior in college. He goes on to detail his car being burglarized while living there. My car was also broken into a couple of times in that section of town, all those years ago. Unfortunately, that situation was not uncommon at all. Yet, I continue to be amazed by all these shared life events. His were quite recent, while mine occurred decades ago!  I am feeling rather vulnerable, like in those dreams when you are outside and realize you are naked.  My mind wanders back to my senior year, filled with so many dreams and way too much drama. Where is my biryani ?!!

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The lamb is fork tender and gamy, just how I like it. The rice is spicy and loaded with cashews, onions, and perhaps raisins. The sweet mango chutney and cool raita are wonderful contrasts to the steaming hot savory meat/ rice mixture.While I am deep in biryani heaven, I think about all those Indian meals I ate during college. Am I there or am I here…. Who IS this couple? Should I introduce myself ? When I have either dreamed of someone or overheard a meaningful conversation, I have been known to tell the party all about it. I figured that this information may be valuable in some way. I mull this over while waiting for my leftovers to be packed up. I decide to leave well enough alone and smile over at  the couple as I leave the restaurant. I am so grateful to make my exit to the parking lot.

I could not make sense of what happened.  It wasn’t a planetary cycle, although the Saturn return of my senior year would have been quite fitting. I have occasionally overheard people talking in public about matters relevant to me. I tend to attract these situations and don’t really get jarred by them anymore. Synchronicity is very common in litebeing’s world.

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This experience seemed to be more of an anomaly somehow. It felt quite awkward and somewhat disturbing. Does the spirit of the pizza restaurant live on in this shopping center? Does my love of Indian food and culture attract some type of quantum vortex ? Is that couple now living a distorted version of my former life?  Was something added to the food that altered my perceptions? (no, just kidding!) What possible lesson is meant for me by examining my senior year? Am I simply more able to access different realms without even trying? Perhaps I was more open as a result of participating in the dream group.  Four months later, I honestly still have no idea. Perhaps the act of blogging this story may generate some insights for me………….

Please share your experiences with parallel time and space. I know I am not the only one out there! I am curious what triggers these events for people and what happens afterwards. Instead of posing questions, comment as you feel led and feel free to suggest some questions of your own.


I have included the song Eye in the Sky by The Alan Parsons Project because it was on heavy rotation during college. This song has multiple meanings for me. For one, when I would hear it playing, I thought it confirmed the telepathy between me and my boyfriend.  We were very connected to one another, even long after we broke up.  It also has a haunting quality that seems to complement this post. Imagine if it were playing in the restaurant while we were dining!

For a  final touch, I included Taylor Swift’s 22. I was 22 when I lived in said neighborhood and dated said boyfriend. My days contained so much promise, confusion and exhilaration. (And the occasional exam or term paper!) That year of life was so jam-packed with romance, adventure, heartbreak, accomplishment, freedom, disappointment, excitement, and sheer fun.  I was finally on my own, making  everything up as I go along. Taylor, my home girl from Wyomissing ( I lived in nearby Reading as a child) did an amazing job capturing that time of transition and youthful exuberance.  So whether you are 22,82, 12, or somewhere in between, play the song and consider what it would be like to step into a parallel dimension –  where you embrace the joy and levity of a pop- song worthy moment.

update 9/22/13: I have been back to the restaurant a few more times and found myself both relieved and disappointed that I remained in ” real -time.” I was back this past Friday after my dream group and the biryani remains stellar. I noticed a few odd appearing people waltz in and out of the restaurant, but nothing particularly mystical occurred until …  the check arrived.  Look closely ( image is dark) at the picture below.

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I have never been happier to pay tax in my life!  Wonders never cease.

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Welcome to this special 111 GLOBAL PARTY!!

Please join me now and pick up a glass and to toast to my followers, readers, fellow bloggers, and friends of litebeing chronicles. Make yourselves at home: grab some food, play some tunes, visit some posts and pages – I have made some revisions ( gotta see my story ) so you might like to check out what you may have missed. There’s an open bar and sit down meal featuring some international favorites. Please dance to some global and old school beats or chill and hang out. Don’t forget the special giveaways at the end of the party….

 Cheers to good friends, creativity, WordPress, and the joy of blogging!


champagne or sparkling cider ( to toast)

Appetizer Buffet

guacamole, salsa, hummus, tzatziki, baba ganoush

 crudites and tortilla chips

organic salad  and fruit bar

assorted sushi and sashimi

lobster rolls – connecticut style

vietnamese  shrimp summer rolls

 sriracha and assorted dipping sauces

mini peking duck rolls

tamales with red and green chile – vegan

mini pizzas with assorted toppings

assorted satay with peanut sauce

garlic naan with chutney and raita

veggie samosas – vegetarian

jamaican meat and veggie patties

jerk chicken wings /  rice and peas with plantains


chu chee duck curry

thai green seafood curry

beef redang

asian ginger veggie stir-fry – vegan

enchiladas verde – choice of cheese or chicken

burger sliders – choice of beef, salmon, or veggie

 ( pommes frites and dipping sauces)

doro wat with injera

wiener schnitzel with spaetzle, red cabbage and gravy

home-made cheese tortellini

(choice of  fresh pesto or marinara sauce – vegetarian)

lamb tagine with couscous

feijoada with collard greens , toasted manioc meal,

(hot sauce, and orange wedges )

palak paneer – vegetarian

lamb rogan josh

chicken madras

chef’s combo – choose a sampling of your favorite entrees

Dessert/ Drink Menu

open bar ( non alcoholic and alcoholic beverages)

german chocolate cake

assorted gelato and fresh fruit sorbet

organic strawberry rhubarb pie


coffee, espresso

assorted caffeinated and herbal teas

Party Favors

I was given these two gorgeous awards created by the Talented TamrahJo of The Good, Bad And Ludicrous. Recipients were instructed to distribute them as they see fit, as long as they don’t pretend they are their own. So if you are one of my readers ( if you are reading this now you qualify!), feel free to take these home and pass on to others as the mood strikes. Let’s make a toast to TamrahJo!




Make sure that you take some party favors and read the end of the post for the surprise giveaways!! before you leave.




Now it’s time for my surprise announcement! I am giving away  3  free astrology sessions to the first 3 followers who sign up.  111 adds up to three, which also rhymes with free, so it all comes together organically! The sessions include a natal chart interpretation and forecast for the year ahead. I use western astrology and incorporate my intuitive abilities into the readings.  Logistical arrangements, phone, Skype, etc, will be made between myself and the individual participants once the selections are made.

To sign up,  you must be a current follower and request a reading in the guest book/comments section. That’s all, just be a follower and post a reply!  I am very excited to share this with you and hope that those who have been wanting a reading will now be able to enjoy this offering.

 Namaste and in light, litebeing

Don’t forget to grab a party favor and sign the guest book !

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Timeless tunes – updated

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Clock of the Torre dell’Orologio, piazza San Marco, Venice

After finishing my last post, I wanted to share some songs that capture different dimensions of time such as reincarnation, living in the moment, altered time, and timelessness.  Some are old classics, some more current.  enjoy!!

Time Passages by Al Stewart

Closing Time by Semisonic

Synchronicity by The Police

Deja Vu by Dionne Warwick

Time by Pink Floyd

Just In Time by Nina Simone

This Magic Moment by The Drifters

Unchained Melody by The Righteous Brothers

It’s My Life by Bon Jovi

A Moment Like This by Kelly Clarkson

Live Like You Were Dying by Tim McGraw

Time Has Come Today by The Chambers Brothers

Back In Time by Huey Lewis and The News

Brand New Day by Sting

update: just had to add these tunes

Time After Time by Cindy Lauper

Time Warp – Rocky Horror Picture Show

{by Richard O’Brien/Patricia Quinn/Nell Campbell/Charles Gray}

Time is on My Side by The Rolling Stones

These Are Days by 10,000 Maniacs

Time of the Season by The Zombies

Good Riddance (Time of Your Life) by Green Day

and last, but sooo not least ………

Ch-ch-ch-ch- Changes by David Bowie

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Daily Prompt: Silver Linings – Meet your Self where you are!

I used to consider the phrase ” Look for the silver lining” to be a pointless platitude. Upon further consideration, I can now report that I have changed my opinion.  For today’s Daily Prompt, we are asked to  Write about something you consider “ugly” — war, violence, failure, hatred — but try to find beauty, or a sense of hope, in your thoughts.

Let me being by saying that the film The Silver Linings Playbook immediately came to mind. I am a therapist who has worked with many people who are diagnosed with Bipolar Disorder, so naturally I would be drawn to this film. Then there’s Bradley Cooper…….  Next are a few synchronicities thrown in for good measure. Matthew Quick, the author of the novel, based the story in Collingswood , NJ. This lovely town is about five minutes or so from my childhood home. The film was shot in Upper Darby, PA, not far from my current hometown, Philly. In an earlier post, I mentioned I have eaten at the now famous Llanerch Diner, where a pivotal scene between Pat and Tiffany takes place. 

What I discovered from watching the film and reading the book afterwards, is that Pat (Bradley Cooper) achieved his goal of finding his silver lining. He did not succeed in reuniting with his ex-wife. What he did do is reinvent himself and transformed his life. Through his friendship with Tiffany (Jennifer Lawrence), his therapeutic alliance with his therapist, and his refusal to give up, he forged a new path forward. While his past connections with his dysfunctional family and his ex-wife were challenging to transcend, his commitment to dancing, love of the Eagles and vision of tomorrow kept him focused. While disappointments and struggles continue, Pat discovers that he is resilient and begins to step into a larger version of himself.

Speaking of stepping, my attendance today at a debut performance for Girls on the Move Germantown 2013 was filled with a plethora of silver linings. Moving Creation founder Emily Nussdorfer explains the importance of this program:

Imagine the future of our communities if all our youth are supported to find meaning and purpose for their lives. Imagine what our future would be like if all youth have the opportunity and skills with which to build their life from that place of creative purpose. What interesting, innovative and fulfilling possibilities could exist in our world as a result! The current devastating statistics of youth violence, suicide, anorexia, bulimia, obesity, addictions, school truancy and drop out rates, early pregnancy and disease would be reduced to a bad memory.

Today’s performance was such a treat. Family, friends, and supporters assembled at Germantown Friends School to see a fashion show, step routine, poetry readings, and hip hop dance number. These five young women captivated the audience with their courage, creativity, emotional vulnerability, and luminousness.  I was moved to tears and grateful to be part of the celebration.

Synchronicities were also present for me today while sitting in that auditorium. I have attended meeting for worship a few yards away at Germantown Meeting. I had worked for many years at a program 2 blocks away in the heart of Germantown. The girls spent some time together in retreat at Pendle Hill, a sacred place I hold close to my heart. It comes as no surprise that so many connections abound. I have been a fan of Emily and her program for years. She is a wonderful soul who exudes enthusiasm and great love for her girls and their communities.

So in case you are wondering, how these stories tie together, the answer is presence. Both Pat and the Girls on the Move were able to put aside negative beliefs and social conditioning in order to start anew. They did not deny their history. They learned to create new beginnings by taking action in the moment. As a social worker, I was repeatedly taught to meet my clients where they are at. This basically means to accept someone exactly where they are and proceed from this point. I believe this practice is important if you want to transcend your limitations and create a new vision.  Meeting your Self where you are is likely to assist in the promotion of positive self-care. Combine self-care with a strong support system and an active spiritual life and the possibilities are limitless. (yes I know, another Bradley Cooper movie – Limitless) 

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So I now see that with some effort and an enlightened perspective, silver linings are quite likely to manifest. Add a bit of magic and creativity, and you are on your way……

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Returning Home: Part I – Meditation

Sorry I’ve been away for a while. I have been struggling with some sudden health challenges. Thanks to those who contributed lovely responses to my last post Returning Home: The Series. I look forward to hearing more from you about your experiences.


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Did anyone check out the Billy Joel video? Are you ready for the reveal? If you listen very carefully to the end of the song, Billy Joel begins to chant Oommmmmm.. I first noticed this after going on a retreat to a sublimely magical place called Pendle Hill in Wallingford , PA. I met a man there who among many things, declared that home is everywhere. He pointed out that meditation is the vehicle home. Shortly thereafter our encounter, I replayed Billy Joel’s You’re My Home. I was quite amazed to hear the song through new ears. This revelation deeply transformed the way I viewed the inner world.


I have had an ambivalent relationship with meditation.  So many people dear to my heart have waxed poetic about the benefits of this practice. My overactive mind was having none of it. Until last November when Deepak Chopra offered a free 21 day meditation challenge on Abundance. I took to it with such ease, I was stunned. Turns out that the structure really made a difference! I have been meditating ever since and for me 5 months is a bona fide record. I also love the fact that my cat Dexter joins me without fail. He is the clever one in the family , so I take note when he likes something new.

Meditation gives me a rare glimpse into the gap between thought where all is united and blooming with magnificence. I am confident that with continued practice it can help transport me home.  Namaste

 I am including the You’re My Home video here again so folks can take a listen. 



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Returning Home: The Series

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I am starting a series on the different ways we can return home to God. Eckhart Tolle mentions portals into the unmanifested in his brilliant book The Power of Now. There are many roads home and I plan to share some of mine in future posts. I would like this series to be interactive. I am inviting you to think about how you come home.

Do you use Music? Art?

Church, Temple, Meetinghouse, Mosque?



Chemicals ( including food)?

Where are your sacred spaces? Where does the earth have higher vibrations?

Use the comments section below to share some of your ideas.

Here’s a sneak preview of home for me: Music is often a portal for me and has been one constant throughout my life. As I have evolved, I have noticed that some old favorites have taken on a different meaning or tone (pun intended !).  Listen to this Billy Joel song very carefully and let me know what you notice.



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It’s A Small World After All

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Wanna know why I am an international woman? Read on…. I was going to write about our inter-connected international world today. Then I discovered it’s International Women’s Day.  How perfect!

The story begins at the 1964 World’s Fair in Flushing Queens, New York. At the time we lived in Flushing so it was a no brainer to visit the fair. I was quite young, (pre-school age), but I have vivid memories of the fair.


I loved the globe outside Shea Stadium. Always adored images of globes, planets, stars. Planetariums were sacred. This fascination with the universe helped shape my passion for astrology. I remember asking my parents to buy me some coconut milk. I tried some for the first time and it was wonderful. Exotic yet comforting and delicious. As I look back I am so surprised that this young child with no Caribbean or Asian heritage was asking for coconut milk. It seems I was destined to be a citizen of the world before I ever left the continent.

Then we were off to the futuristic exhibits. I was very intrigued with the telephone and other electronic gadgets – moon in Gemini personified. I clearly remember watching the demonstration of the picture phone. I was so excited! I wondered when will we have this in my home? Apparently the answer is “ Skype killed any chances of that happening!”



The fair was magical and  I am so grateful that the original iconic globe remains. But I haven’t told you the best part of my trip. It was a ride called “ It’s a Small World ”.  Many people know of it from Disneyland or Disney World. But I believe it all started in Flushing.  Apparently Disney tested this attraction for possible inclusion in Disneyland. You got into a boat and it was dimly lit. Then you sailed into another room and the music began……

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Next comes the glowing lights all around you and the most enchanting voices in every language imaginable. I was immersed in a sea of captivating visual displays featuring gorgeous costumes and bold colors.

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I wanted to be part of this world so badly. I sang the song over and over again and begged my parents to take me on the ride another time. When I was much older I got to recreate my preschool memory by visiting Disney World. At that point I had been to a few foreign places and hungered for more. The astrologer in me knows that with my sun in a stellium in the 9th house and my venus and MH in Sagittarius,  I am going to have a love affair with the planet. Yet this connection seems much more soulful to me. I think it’s just that my entry into global consciousness is a little easier with my particular birth chart. I know we are approaching the new paradigm of what A Course in Miracles calls atonement.   At-one -ment

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Let’s fast forward to 2013 when I start this blog adventure. I had no idea what would be in store. I have met glorious people from so many more places than I have yet to travel like Indonesia, India and New Zealand.  I have also met some closer to home that I wouldn’t have known existed without the beauty of WordPress. It is so incredibly liberating to communicate with amazing spirits who enjoy what I do and express their gifts of writing, photography, etc in their blogs. Perhaps WordPress should consider renaming itself WorldPress . What happens here would boggle the mind of that young girl gazing with wonderment at the picture phone all those years ago. Even with a planet of 7 billion and growing, it truly is a small world……


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For those readers who are not yet familiar with A Small World , take a look.



Then ask yourself:

How has technology enhanced your relationships?

How has it hurt them?

Do you consider yourself a world citizen?

If you do, how must you change to improve the state of humanity?


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Timeless tunes

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Clock of the Torre dell’Orologio, piazza San Marco, Venice


After finishing my last post, I wanted to share some songs that capture different dimensions of time such as reincarnation, living in the moment, altered time, and timelessness.  Some are old classics, some more current.  enjoy!!

Time Passages by Al Stewart

Closing Time by Semisonic

Synchronicity by The Police

Deja Vu by Dionne Warwick

Time by Pink Floyd

Just In Time by Nina Simone

This Magic Moment by The Drifters

Unchained Melody by The Righteous Brothers

It’s My Life by Bon Jovi

A Moment Like This by Kelly Clarkson

Live Like You Were Dying by Tim McGraw

Time Has Come Today by The Chambers Brothers

Back In Time by Huey Lewis and The News

Brand New Day by Sting


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