Does everyone around DC already know that Amma is coming in just two weeks?? She'll be here from July 6-7th in Alexandria. If you don't know who she is, check her out here. She's the truest of yogis--giving is her practice. Last year she hugged 32 million people around the world. Whoa!! She goes and goes for 12+ hours without a break, hugging until every last person has been seen. If you've never seen her before, then make some time to go for a visit (I'll give you a ride if you need one!). Even if you don't totally believe, it's still an awesome and totally interesting experience.
My own personal story is that I met Amma three years ago when she came through on her annual tour. I was curious about the hugging saint from South India but wasn't sure if I wanted to drive all the way to Reston to see her. I kept it in my mind and on her last day here, something deep within me told me to get myself out there. My schedule freed up and a car appeared, and within a few hours I was sitting at her feet and receiving my first hug. She hugged me in close and whispered "my daughter, my daughter, my daughter" into my ear. During that evening, a man told me that his life changed dramatically after his first hug from Amma. Looking back now, I see that within two months of that hug I completed my yoga teacher training and Thai massage training soon after. Within six months, I was at her Ashram in India and since then my life as a teacher and student of yoga and massage has been an amazingly joyful path.
I'm helping to coordinate the massage seva--selfless service--for her visit. If you know of anyone who does bodywork and may be interested in giving their time to support Amma's mission then send them my way at firstname.lastname@example.org. It'll be guaranteed good karma :)
PS Adam and I are all moved in. Whew! In case you have forgotten, moving kinda sucks (especially in the DC summer) and is kind of awesome in that it's a great opportunity to start over again. Especially when you're moving in with a person that you think is pretty awesome. I'm sure we'll hit some snags along the way, but so far, so fun :)