Energy Overload

WARNING: Singing and slow yoga DO NOT MIX! Not at all. Life at the Ashram is busy as usual so I thought it would be a good idea to record some vocals in a makeshift studio at 6am which is right before my morning yoga class. I arrived at The Amrita Television studio and got to lay down some vocals …

Merry Christmas

Merry Christmas Everyone! Last night I got to be a part of the most magical Christmas musical. I sang for Amma for the first time and for the hundreds of people who travelled to the Ashram for the holidays. It felt like an outer body experience. After a non stop day of yoga, moving rooms and a dress rehearsal, I …

Mother Mary is Homeless

Yesterday I found out I would need to move out of my room today because the owner is arriving shortly. It couldn’t have been worse timing. My schedule is packed and tonight I will be singing for Amma and an Ashram full of people. The fact that Mary, the mother of Jesus was in a similar predicament is not lost …

The Pros of being a YES Girl

I have a friend I met a couple years back in Los Angeles at an Amma retreat. He arrived back at the Ashram recently after being on tour with Amma in Europe. This particular friend really encouraged me to come to India so I have a great deal of gratitude towards him. However, he is also my Ayurvedic doctor who …

Funny Looking Duck

When I meet new people at the Ashram, they are always surprised to hear this is my first time in India. They say, “you seem so comfortable.” Truthfully, I am. The moment I arrived, I felt like this was my home. It was a very easy transition even though it is nothing like Orange County, California. Growing up, I always …

A Fine Frenzy

A day at the ashram feels like one second and a lifetime simultaneously. It is the strangest thing. Lately, I am out the door of my room at 6am and return around 11pm. In between, I am either practicing yoga, rehearsing for the Ashram Christmas play, practicing for the New Years show, or meditating. To be perfectly honest, I am …

Oh Christmas Play

The rehearsal schedule for the Christmas play is intense. Since my character is in almost every scene I have two rehearsals a day. Usually from 1-3pm and then a music rehearsal from 8:30pm to 9:30pm. The way the musical is cast is very interesting. The lead roles are double cast. So each character with a speaking part or a song …

Rescued by Saint Fran

Rescued by Saint Fran I only lasted one night living with my new roommate. I sleep very little as it is so the sleep I do get needs to be peaceful and restorative. That one night of sleeplessness really affected my mood the next day. I prayed for a solution. One came in the form of my Amma Mama who …

Beach Meditation Day

Every Friday Amma leads a beach meditation. The only exception is when the weather is not cooperating. Then, it is held in the Ashram’s main dining hall. I got to the meditation an hour early and scored a front row seat. Around 5pm Amma showed up. There were hundreds of people who came to meditate with her. To be in a beach setting …

Impatience Wars!

I’d love to tell you my second hug in India was amazing and life altering, but it wasn’t. It was a lesson. A lesson I needed. I’ve mentioned in previous blog entries that impatience has always been an issue for me. Whether I am waiting in a traffic jam or waiting in line to order food, I get agitated and …