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True to the name 'Shivam' - consciousness, mindfulness, - we strive to make our items by re-using our existing resources, and natural, organic materials.

Our yoga mat bags are handmade using upcycled, vintage fabrics, while the aromatherapy eye pillows are filled with the healing goodness of organic lavender buds and organic flax seeds. 

We hope to extend and share the journey of these goods as they make their way around the world. From our house to yours.



Welcome to my blog at Shivam Creations.

Shivam means mindfulness in Sanskrit; this space is about trying to lead a mindful life and the elements that go with it: yoga, healthy living, nature, and the creative forces within each of us.

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Another Year Older, But None The Wiser

Shivangi Parikh

My First Birthday. With Mom and Dad

Yes, it is my birthday today. I turn 37, classified by many as 'late thirties'. But guess what, I have needed my parents today more than any other birthday in the past. Not for their presents anymore, but simply their presence. 

You would think that if I got as old as I am today, I would be dancing with joy. I lived yet another year, making new memories, friends, experiences and of course, mistakes! And came out quite alright on the other end. Don't get me wrong..I am very grateful for all of the above! But I was not feeling my usual happy self this morning. I think it is because I thought I would have accomplished a bunch of things from my list of life goals. As most things in life, very few of those items are checked off, and many of those may never get done. 

I was wallowing in my morbid thoughts, when I turned on my phone to see a flood of wishes from friends far and near. Thank you to each of you for being so thoughtful..that did cheer me up a bit! Then having my 5-year old sing his version of 'Happy Birthday to you, Cha Cha Cha,' and seeing a silly insurance form completed by my dear hubby, which i was supposed to finish today, made me happier. Yes, you cannot believe how 'real' your expectations become as you get older!

But I was still unhappy about my List. That's when I started missing my Dad.

My First Birthday. With Papa.

He would always have the best list of wishes for us. He was known as a man of few words, but on our birthdays, he had the most number of things to say and write in our cards. A lot of it would be listing our achievements in the past year, and then wishing us on our next steps. He would have known what to say to make this big hole in my heart slip away. I sometimes wish I had recorded those phone calls or messages, just to hear his voice.

And then my Mom called. She was more happy about my birthday than I was, and I admire her strong will power. After letting me rant and whine about everything, she calmly said, "Well today is your birthday, so be thankful about what you have accomplished and stop crying about the have-nots. There is so much to be thankful for in life, your health, your family, your friends, your community. Go out and have fun, and leave your worrying for tomorrow." This coming from a lady who has had to deal with such a big loss in life in the past 6 months. I admire her for her courage and will to move on, and yet find words to comfort my pain.

My First Birthday. With mom

Be Thankful for what you have - Such a simple, yet powerful message, that we often fail to acknowledge ourselves. We always need a sounding board for our fears and sorrows, and most likely its our parents. Heck, I am a mom myself and I still needed to hear it from my mother. Again, there is nothing new in this piece of wisdom, but its often forgotten. 

So thank you for being such a valuable part of my life, Mom and Dad. Thank you to my loving husband and son, to all my family and friends who stand by me no matter what. I will pick myself up and go celebrate for the life I have, for the List I accomplished even without asking for it!

Leaving you with a quick snapshot of my son's birthday card for me. Coincidentally, its a picture of a butterfly coming out of its what if its on a Christmas card!

Have a great weekend :)

Shivangi Parikh

In Farm-To-Table Heaven (Being a Hippie Traveller Part 2)

Shivangi Parikh

Hello folks..hope you had a good week! 

My week began with one of the most amazing meals I have ever had: Caribbean fusion food at Guadalupe Cafe in the heart of the Smoky Mountains (pic on my Instagram feed). The cafe serves local, organic produce in most of their dishes and it was simply tasty! And like most good food, it took me to this emotional memory lodged in my brains (isn't that what makes good food really good..taking you to this moment in the past?)

So my Guadalupe meal reminded me of my recent trip to Coorg in Southern India where we were lucky enough to great the REAL farm-to-table experience at the farmhouse, Tamara Coorg. You cannot get more in-time delivery of local produce. For instance, our breakfast: the eggs came from the hen coop in the farm that is part of the house; the milk was from the cows in the farm, the butter was from the same milk; the rice pancake was made from the rice that grew in the small paddy field next to the farm; the coffee came from the coffee plantation on the farm; the jelly was home made. Need more proof? I don't think so!  

Needless to say that the food was an absolute culinary delight and would have put any Iron Chef out of business (hmm..maybe not, but you get the point) And no matter how much we ate, we did not feel stuffed. That is the nature of healthy food; no junk chemicals or preservatives that leave you feeling bloated. A bonus was a chance for Arjun to get to meet some farm buddies, and try to catch the rooster roaming about, without success! You go Free Range Hen!

If you get a chance to try a farm-to-table cuisine, or even stay a weekend in a farmhouse, I highly recommend it! Not only will you get the freshest food possible, but it will also give you a perspective on how we use our food resources: are we using them wisely or are we wasting them? But perhaps with food that delicious you might be in a food coma to think too much. So what the heck, just enjoy your moment in farm heaven!

Have a happy weekend :)

(p.s. if you missed my first column in the Hippie Traveller series, its here)

Shivangi Parikh

Being a Hippie Traveller: Part 1- Nagarhole Forest, Karnataka

Shivangi Parikh

So this week I had a chance conversation with two unrelated folks, who lived in India as tourists for 6 months: one is from Australia, and one from the US. They lived on a budget in different cities, travelled by train, and hung out with the locals. I am sure there are lots of people who take long vacations and get immersed in a culture. But while listening to their adventures is exciting, I am partly jealous cause I want to do that!

So, in an effort to feel like a hippie traveller, I decided to compile a list of some of my recent trips, and share them with you to feel semi-cool. While I may not have a 6-month stint in my backpack, I do have snapshots of some of the most amazing places I have been lucky to visit, even if some of them were for only 6 hours! 

The following pictures are from our day-long excursion to the Nagarhole National Park, also known as Rajiv Gandhi National Park, in Southern Karnataka. It was a beautiful drive through the forest and we were graced with the presence of the famous Indian spotted deer. There was also a school at the main entrance of the the animals couldn't possibly be that scary!

Have any of you travelled to a National Forest in India?? I would love to see some images or hear about your experience, even if its just one line! 

Shivangi Parikh