Gifts & Giveaway #2

Sometimes when I am afraid, I remember how the hardest moments in my life have brought the greatest gifts. The fact that my marriage fell apart early on gave us the opportunity to rebuild it with a solid foundation, allowing us to weather the storms of the last two years. Selling our house in Los Angeles was a decision I fought against for months but the relief of finally making it brought us here, to Ventura, and to the community that supported us through the devastation of 2010. My difficult pregnancy and Ben’s death have reunited me with myself – with the creativity and spirituality I held under the surface for a decade. The magnitude of these blessings takes my breath away.

I count my friend Amy high among these blessings. I was drawn to her energy the first time we met. (I’ve discovered that often happens to me with other Pisces women). She has been a source of inspiration, healing and support since then. I attended her Spirit Songs workshop, where I first heard the power of her voice and understood in my own body the healing capabilities of song and chant. At the end of my pregnancy, Amy gave me Reiki treatments weekly. After each healing session, the bleeding would stop within a day. There is a part of me that believes if I’d asked her to come more often, Ben might be alive. But that would have been a different journey and this is the one I am walking. A gifted and intuitive Reiki Master, she gave me my Reiki I attunement and I’ll go to her again for Reiki II. She is a Kundalini yoga teacher and I am currently taking a chakra clearing series with her that leaves me feeling grounded and connected in a new way. Can you tell I’m a fan?

Which brings me to today’s giveaway. Amy released Surrender, her new CD this week, under her spiritual name, Sat Nishan Kaur. Kundalini yoga teachers, trained in the lineage of Yogi Bhajan, receive spiritual names and anyone can request one here. As I listened to her sing on the drive to and from yoga this morning, I was moved to tears. The CD is a collection of inspirational, healing songs and chants produced by Thomas Barquee (the amazing Snatam Kaur’s producer)*. It is gorgeous. I want to share her with the world. She is shining her light beautifully. You can find more info and listen to clips of her music here. There are also free downloads, including an 11 minute chant and meditation to bring more magic to your life.

Enter your name in the comments – and if you’re willing, please share what kind of magic you want more of right now –  to win a copy of Surrender. Winner will be chosen Tuesday March 15 – my birthday! And if you haven’t already, enter Giveaway #1 and keep an eye out for Giveaway #3, coming Sunday.

Sat Nam.

*music plays when you enter the Snatam Kaur website – just so ya know.

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6 Responses to Gifts & Giveaway #2

  1. Marie says:

    Hi Alana,
    I truly liked what you said about how things could have been different IF you had done such and such, BUT this is not the journey you’re walking right now. That is very inspiring to me as I’m going though the memories of Lana’s hospital stay (with her upcoming 2nd birthday) and ALL the things I wish I had said and done differently. So, I think this will be my new mantra, it could have been different, but this is not the journey I’m walking and I’m walking this one for a reason. Very powerful.
    So, this is the magic I am wishing for right now, accepting my path, my journey as it is and the understanding that it is perfect as it is.
    Thank you for being an inspiration to me!

  2. Laughing~
    How truly connected we all are in the verse.
    Happy Birthday
    I was driving home from a very stressful day listening to my MP3 player and it seemed to be stuck on Prem, the sound of Om, Jewels of silence and Moola mantra.
    I wasn’t really paying attention, just focusing on getting home.
    And then I read your post..
    and laughing
    at the gentle hand that holds me
    ( even when I am NOT paying attention)
    I shall go and check out your friend Amy..

  3. Christa says:

    Exactly, Alana. If things had been different, then things would be different now. And it is a pretty amazing journey you are on, clearly.

    I’m looking forward to checking out Amy’s music. So glad you have her in your life.


  4. Tiffany says:

    Hi Alana, I just recently started a daily mediation practice, something I always did here & there but never as a daily practice. I took Deepak Chopra’s 21 day meditation challenge & it has changed so much already. I would like to continue this path as magic is becoming an integrated part of my life. Thank you once again for your beautiful & inspiring writing!

  5. Roos says:

    Magic… you know what kind of magic I’m looking for. Desperately.

  6. Alana says:

    And the winner, according to, is Tiffany!

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