Itís a process, not a destination.
The most powerful vision of balance for me is one of walking the balance beam in gymnastics camp as a small girl.
I had to tap into something beyond the beam to hold me in balance or at least keep me from falling off of it. Even when I was standing still, on that thin slice of hard wood, there were still micro adjustments happening in my body, left pushing against right, legs shifting, knees slightly bending, toes grabbing, arms reaching, and extending. I had to draw energy from 360 degrees simultaneously, yet find a focal point...
But that is only one perspective on balance, which happens to be mine.
For another or in this case, my lover Rich, balance may be perceived more from this lens:
Ah my lover, balanceÖ
that mysterious state of equilibrium, elusive, hiding just beyond my grasp, disappearing in the shadows, and making me feel as if Iíve lost all sanity. What happened, how did I get this far off the radar? Suddenly, it nonchalantly saunters into my life again reappearing as if it was never really lost and was ever patiently awaiting my rediscovery of it as if saying to me, Iíve been right here all along.
The razors edge is characteristic of traversing the path of balance. Because the way is always moving, never static.
What does balance really mean anyway? And for whom and when? What does balance look like in the vast sea of so many different types of people? Balance for one individual may be insanity for another. Itís hard to define balance in a single vision or even two.
Rich and I sat down to explore the subject this week on episode #96 of the RRP and we break it way down, as man and wife, woman and man, single focused and multi tasked who have entirely and completely different ways of meeting this concept and most things in life.
And we discovered once again just how vastly different we are from each other.
On this episode, we tip the scales, and try to find the place where our two universes intersect, a place of commonality where we can hold on to each other or at least hold a space of loving acceptance for a vastly different perspective of our life partner.
I hope you enjoy my guest appearance this week on episode #96 of the RRP. Iím always honored to share the space with my beloved, Rich.
While youíre listening this week, sip some balancing healing tea. Savor this special recipe( my current favorite) that can help deliver you into this expanded yet elusive state of balance. The podcast takes you out with the title track from my new album, JAI HOME, a sweet love song that speaks to the heart of what makes a HOME.
Balancing Healing Tea
Rich and I enjoyed this balancing tea at our vow renewal after party on July 12th. When we arrived we were greeted by our dear friend June with cups of steaming aromatic healing oat straw fresh from her garden. As a symbol of love, she garnished each tea cup with the inter dimensional beauty of the passion flower. Oat straw has been reported to regulate blood sugar, lower cholesterol, and even reduce anxiety. The added bonus? Itís also an aphrodisiac.
- tea pot of filtered water
- 1/2 cup oat straw
- raw honey
Boil the water on the stove. Turn off the flame and pour into your favorite tea pot. Steep the oat straw for a good twenty minutes to get the full balancing effect. Sweeten with raw honey just before serving & garnish with a passion flower. Namaste!
In deep love and service,
Welcome to my World
Welcome to the world of SriMati!
Wow what a journey! It has taken me my whole life complete with twists, turns, wrong turns, backtracking and detours in the road, to finally arrive at a place where I could share from a space of authenticity and service. So I offer you a deep bow of gratitude, reverence and humility for meeting me here.
Why food, music and wisdom you may ask? Because in my life experience, all of these areas have played an integral and vital role in my evolution. We can all best serve by sharing our own very personal experiences. The truth is that Iíve played many roles in my life: plant based chef, singer songwriter, healer, mother, designer and artist. And I canít really be adequately defined by any single one of these roles. Thankfully, I have come to a place in my life where I am comfortable embracing my backslashes so to speak. Hopefully, by sharing my experience, I can inspire you to embrace yours too!
On this blog and site, I will share what I hope youíll find to be a compassionate, loving and sometimes humorous voice of guidance around food, song and life wisdom.
Food: because what we put in our bodies is foundational to knowing who we are and to the quality of the life we experience.
Song: because living your authentic heartís song is your gift to yourself and to humanity at large.
Wisdom: because connecting with life, relationships and experiences in the awareness of God, The Force, Yoda, or whatever you like to call IT is the grace that exists for us all in our lives.
Expect to receive some of my amazing plant based whole food recipes that I use to fuel my husband and ultra athlete Rich Roll, plus videos, photos and superfood nutrition information to inspire and enlighten you in the
Also, I will be writing about my inner creative, spiritual and transformational journey of becoming a musician alongside my prolific sons Tyler and Trapper who happen to be in my band! Weíll be sharing some songs and videos from our two musical albums, JAI HOME and MOTHER OF MINE.
Finally, Iíll share life wisdoms that I have gleaned over many, many trials, adventures, and experiences in my life. Some of those passages will speak to my 15 year relationship with my soul mate, Rich Roll, author, plantbased endurance athlete and host of the top ranking health and wellness podcast, THE RICH ROLL PODCAST, while others will share what I have learned from being a mother to four very different ďgurusĒ, my children, over a 19 year period. Permeating it all, Iíll share what I have learned about the power, grace and beauty of living a life of devotion or what is called Upasana in ancient Sanskrit.
Here are some projects that are in the works:
- The upcoming release of our new cookbook and lifestyle guide, The Plant Power Way: 120 Recipes + life wisdom and guidance from Rich and me.
- The upcoming release of my spiritual memoir, entitled The Greatest Discovery ó a mystic motherís cry to create community around conscious education
- The upcoming release of JAISEED: a grassroots homeschool revolution I am launching very soon.
- In addition, and after many, many requests from fans of Richís podcast, I will be launching my very own podcast soon, entitled Divine Throughline.
If you want to get a head start on the creativity journey, you can download my music and have a listen. Mother of Mine is the warriorís journey through much loss and the dismantling of the ego. JAI Home is the emergence from that journey, dripping in ashes, sweeter, yet childlike and still deeply raw. Iíll be posting intimate details about the meaning of those songs both personally and cosmically that I hope you will find both inspiring and transforming.
Plant based recipes are available now in our first e-cookbook, JAISEED: food+life+art. If you are new to meditation or want to try out a powerful 30 minute technique (a technique that transformed my life), check out my guided meditation program JAI Release: Jai Freedom Meditation and Being Program. Itís easy to download onto your computer ó engage this guided practice for 30 minutes a day and watch your life change!
I donít take for granted the limited time and energy we all have in this short life. If you would like to connect and share some of these precious moments together then I would be honored.
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In closing, let me share a line from my song, In the Sun, that speaks of a message from your soul...
You, in the Sun, You are more, so much more than you know.
May the information here on this blog offer you support and guidance so that you may discover deeper and deeper layers of your authentic self...
In deep love and service,