Our Mission

Restore the power of meaningful human connection, with mindfulness. 

Starting with one family at a time.

We believe that meaningful human connection has a magical power that not only enhances our experience of life in good times but also guides us towards the light in dark times. Our mission is to pass on this magical power to the next generation.

Mindfulness, a cleansing activity for the mind.

Just like we wash away the dirt from our skin with soap and water; mindfulness washes away unhealthy thoughts such as anger, fear, anxiety or any emotional discomfort with awareness and breath.

U&Me Ritual focuses on the benefits of practicing mindfulness with your family. The intent is to build healthy habits that prevent and remedy the emotional challenges like stress, anxiety and loneliness etc young people and adults experience in their daily life.

Our interactive mindfulness practices guided by Mindful Diya help pre-teens, teens and adults to Relax, Restore and Rejoice deeper sense of belonging, security and healthy emotional connections with their family, in just 15 minutes!

Founder

Dipti Swain
Joy Catalyst

Family and Social-centric Mindfulness Coach

On a mission to cultivate peace, joy and togetherness at homes. "Because stronger and happier families make a better and healthier society. There is no growth or happiness without healthy emotional, mental and spiritual connections", says Dipti.

Inspired by her grandmother, Dipti is committed to helping families to relax, restore and rejoice together in a sense of belonging, security and authentic self-expression through mindful connection and meaningful conversations.

From a very young age, Dipti was curious about human beings' emotional needs for their wellbeing. It lead her to learn and practice different schools of mindfulness. Currently, she practices Vipassana regularly.

“Growing up in India, my family didn’t have a lot of money, but we had real, meaningful connections. We didn’t leave it to chance, rather we valued and cultivated these connections in our daily life. We practiced peace, joy and togetherness through family mindfulness rituals. 

 

Every evening, we would light up a lamp (Diya) and do meditation, prayers and share life stories.  Those were my favorite memories in life. It made me smile on good days and guided me towards the light on tough days.” - says Dipti.

 

Mindful Diya is a testament to the gift Dipti inherited from her grandmother. It would serve Dipti early in life as a bountiful source of family joy and security. And later, when Dipti underwent a period of disconnect and hopelessness, she would have this method for bringing light and well-being back into her life.

 

“When I look back, I see how everything in my life was preparing me to help families restore and strengthen their connection with each other. The strength of deep connection and emotional security I cherish, I am doing my part passing it on to others.”

Dipti left home with the desire to see the world and have different experiences. She became an engineer, received her MBA in finance and entered the field of investment banking. Life brought her to New York, and then to Toronto, and afforded her many things that she’d wanted. At the same time, constant busyness in non-meaningful activities piled up tower-high. Slowly, the connections she had once felt with her husband and with her own sense of purpose became lost in its shadow. When Dipti spoke of her unhappiness, others were quick to relate however they seemed resigned to it. They said “this is life.”

 

Dipti was not okay to settle with “this is life.” She left her job and leaned on to her mindfulness practices spending two months away doing meditation and self-reflection. When she returned home she was committed to reviving the healthier emotional connection using the tradition she’d grown up with. Every evening, she and her husband booked time to connect - not to talk about projects or everyday tasks, but to breathe, reflect and share about their dreams, favorite people and funny or memorable moments of their lives.

 

“That changed our relationship completely over a few months. We laughed more, listened, paid attention and got to know each other more... And it just felt like we belonged again.” 

 

Once again seeing how central strong family bonds are to well-being, Dipti recognized a need for a tool that made forming and maintaining them easier for people - as easy as turning on the TV. This is where her entrepreneurial journey began. The tool she developed, “Mindful Diya”, took the form of a lamp and guided family members to relax, restore and rejoice together. This was where Dipti’s journey came to a full circle. Now it is about keeping that circle bright, a halo of light expanding around other families. 

 

She encourages us to look not only at the individual who is struggling but their families and the ecosystem that can grow together toward emotional and mental wellbeing. The beauty of that is a magical ripple effect. As Dipti puts it:

 

“Let’s build stronger families, so we can have stronger societies.”