Dear Friends,

What I offer to you is a modest, not-so-regular blog every month-or-so. These times seem to hinge on a lot of “information consumption,” which I think is not necessary. Take a concept like forgiveness, and practice it for a month or two consciously. Then find another bit of wisdom, and incorporate that into your practice as well. This is what is true for me. In the past, I'd “plow” through the self-help books, or sacred texts, without allowing the seeds of wisdom to germinate inside. And the result was that I'd have a longing for more information rather than practicing what I had already learned. And because I didn't tend to the growing seeds, there was little fruit to bear.

These past few months have been very busy, very introspective, and very action and in-action oriented. This sounds like I am contradicting myself, but allow me to explain. During what seems like in-action, I was taking in the newness of different thoughts and insights.

In September, I was sent the guidance to quit the popular networking website Facebook. I did immediately, without saying goodbye to my friends. Some of you who saw me disappear from your friends page, please don't take this personally. It freed me up for a new life. I had been addicted to it, and would sit for hours looking at people's pages, making comments about things that really don't seem necessary, and reading people's updates that were not necessarily positive, or reading too much information that I don't really need to keep in my head, like what so-and-so ate for dinner. After this separation from FB, I received the thought that I needed to interact with it in a different way, so I created another page, but don't open it unless I am looking for friends, or an email address. This gave me so much more time to explore life in “real time” rather that in a virtual reality. Some of you ask when my cookbook is coming out. :-) It's almost finished. I may start by offering some free recipe downloads. Although I have changed my focus greatly—so it will come out when it is ready. :-)

Also in September, my husband bought me a mandolin and I began to take lessons; also I've started voice lessons, both online—but very much interactive. We started packing for our move, which didn't take very long, since we don't have much “stuff.” My husband and I also started to make instruments to play. My husband began taking African drumming classes (also online,) and bought a drum. I made two drums, one American style frame drum, and the other is an African style djundjun, which is made out of a huge piece of reclaimed bamboo. My husband then bought a piece of tamarind wood and took it to the wood carvers, who spun it on a lathe to shape the outer shell of another djembe, which he is now hollowing out by hand and chisel.

In between all of this we have had four or five weddings, 4 funerals, conferences both online and in Pune, dog training sessions, business-related meetings, client visits, friends visiting, website up-dates, maintenance and painting the inside of our house, daily animal care, cooking for ourselves, and the regular chores and prayers. Good to have spiritual tools to keep ourselves filled with enough energy.

I suppose that you could say that we've been busy.

The music I've been listening to lately is Georg Friedrich Handel's Messiah. This music is so beautiful and powerful that I cry sometimes.

Sometimes change causes for the need to be quiet inside, so that one can listen to guidance, to receive the right thoughts and set into motion the right action. And this is how it is for me right now. And while all of this is going on around me, I feel peaceful. Even when something loud is shouting in my ear, like the barking of a horn, or three cats howling for fresh fish, or four dogs crooning at my neighbor, I feel peace.

My roots have grown so deep and strong in Mother India's soil, that nothing will move my sense of balance. The joy is deeply embedded into my cells. Even as I wait for many months for my move away from this noisy city, a sense of peace has come over me now, in these most recent months. A friend reminded us last June, that when times are trying, complicated, or busy, just remember to exclaim, “Praise God.” And in this moment, life will change for the Good. You may feel a sense of relief pour over you. Or actually joy may creep into your cells and give you a boost when you need it. Wishing this for you, your family, and your neighbors!