Ashram Silence

I decided to go into silence for the day. It feels so good to take a break from speaking. It’s a good time to go inward here at the Ashram. Every since Amma left for her European tour the place is basically deserted. I find it much easier to write and create when it is quiet here. Don’t get me …

Tuesday’s are my favorite day!

Every day at the Ashram is a good day, but Tuesdays hold a special place in my heart. On this day I go into silence. Those that know me may be surprised I enjoy being in silence. Those that know me very well won’t be surprised at all. While I consider myself very friendly, I also think of myself as …

Roommate Wars!

I realized that for this past year I have been sharing living space. This isn’t ideal for an introvert. Even though I am very friendly and outgoing, it is imperative I have alone time. Right now I am in a very small room with 3 people. Now that Amma will be leaving the Ashram soon, it is possible that I …

Singing for Amma’s Birthday

It is hard for me to find the words to describe what it feels like to sing for my Guru’s birthday. Words don’t seem big enough to describe the feeling. I do know that it was a pivotal moment in my life. I think about all the many singing opportunities I have had and not one can compare. It wasn’t …

IST – Indian Stretchable Time

I originally titaled this blog post “The Art of letting go” but Indian Stretchable Time sounds so much cooler. At this very moment I am sitting beside the stage waiting to go on to sing. According to the original schedule, we would have performed by now, but in India things never go quite as planned. The trick is to find …

Singing Machine

This past week I have felt like a singing machine, and for the most part I loved it. The preparations for Amma’s birthday extravaganza have been intense and magical. I will be singing two songs for Amma’s birthday celebration. One is a duet called “You Raise Me Up” made famous by Josh Groban. The other is a song I rewrote …

What’s An Ashram???

Just weeks ago when I was attending a 500 hour Yoga Teacher Training in Costa Rica, several girls would pull me aside and say, “I am embarrassed to admit I don’t know what an Ashram is. Can you tell me about it?” My personal definition is a spiritual community. Another aspect of living at the Amritapuri Ashram is that it …

My First Onam Holiday at the Ashram

I had asked what the significance of Onam is to some of my friends and they described it as being a lot like Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Years Eve all rolled into one amazing day. Family and friends gather together. Amma described it as a celebration of human relationships. The word that sums it up for me is Unity. Thousands …

You Can’t Please Everyone

I am a people pleaser. Mainly because I enjoy seeing people happy, but I have learned the hard way that you can’t please everyone. I have a tendency to say “YES” to too many things. When I take on too much I can become irritable.  During one of my rehearsals for the Onam play, I started to feel a little …