Category: Behind the Scenes

The DailyOM Book’s 1st page is by me!

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Dailyombook200 As a contributor to DailyOM, they've used several of my articles in the book! But the very first page is one I've written, which I take as a very high compliment.  Here's it is, and if you like it, be sure to order the book.

Linking Center
Checking In With Your Heart

Every day we experience a magical twilight between our dreams and waking state. During this brief period of time, our minds still remember that all things are possible. We can smoothly transition into our physical world without losing a sense of hope when we check in with our heart center first, before we even get out of bed. Our heart center is the link between body and spirit, instinct and inspiration. It doesn't take long to hold a thought of loving gratitude for the heart that beats within us. In a mere moment we can review all that we want to accomplish in the light of love. When we get into the habit of beginning our day from the heart, all of our activities glow with the infusion of conscious intent and all interactions are done with compassion.

We can restart our day right now by imagining how love and inspiration feel. As light glows from our heart center, radiating out through our bodies into the space around us, any feelings of stress or frustration seem to melt away. Now, we see each person we encounter as fellow travelers in the journey of life, and every activity becomes part of a spiritual partnership. As conscious participants in the cycle of giving and receiving, we share our light with others as we become enlivened ourselves, with our heart leading the way.

In the intersection where our body and soul meet, our physical heart beats in time with the rhythm of the universe. It does the physical work of supplying our body with life force without our attention, but for its spiritual work, we need to be conscious. When we concentrate on its rhythm and glowing light, we remember that we are spiritual beings having a human experience. Then we know that we can choose any time to check in with our heart center, and in doing so, experience the joy of being in love with life.

written by Malayna Dawn for – see it at 

You can get more info about The Daily OM Book by clicking the link in the left column.

I’m 2 degrees from Buzz Aldrin!

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You’ll be fascinated to see how I made this about me, when it’s really about my friend Bob!

Here’s what he sent me:

For those who don’t know, this past month I’ve been shooting promos for Science Channel’s Space Week (think Shark Week – but about space), playing a German scientist character named Dr. Otto. The character is kind of an ambassador for Space Week and I’ll be all over Discovery Channel, Science Channel and between now and July 12.

Today I shot some “throw to’s” (“We’ll be right back…”, “You’re watching Space Week on the Science Channel…” etc) with none other than Buzz Aldrin! Second man to walk on the moon, American hero – Buzz friggin Aldrin!! It was amazing and fun. He is 78 now and has so many cool stories!!

Below are a couple of terrible photos taken with a cell phone, I’ll have better ones later. To see the promos – watch Science Channel, Discovery Channel or Discovery HD. They’ve been playing pretty regularly. ‘Space Week’ will air on the Science Channel July 6-12 (that’s when you’ll see the “throw to’s” with Buzz Aldrin, plus others I did solo).

Also go to the link below to see Dr. Otto’s bio and video.

It’s been fun doing this stuff and the highlight was meeting Buzz! Enjoy,—B

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Why I’m better suited for writing and radio…

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It really took way too much work to get these videos from the video camera to the You Tube. It required days of input from the finest minds in my household and even then, it came out a rather poor quality BUT it's something

Let me know what you think – really. Go to for the entire trilogy thus far. I can pretty much guarantee you'll all enjoy a laugh at my expense!


Here’s a fun game…

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At least I think it's fun.  If you go to and do a search for "Malayna", you'll get this:


(You can click on the image to see it more clearly…)

Although I have nothing to do with the boots, I am happy that my book comes first, and that I'm part of the DailyOM book!

Of course they thanked me with my long, complicated name rather than my short and simple name, but it's still me.

AND the very first article in the book is MINE!  Yay! There are several more of my articles throughout, and maybe one day I'll tell you which pages. Until then, you'll have to guess.


Galle Literary Festival 2008

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I attended the Galle Literary Festival (that there’s a link to the site, as are all the other colorful underlined words from here on out) here in Sri Lanka mostly because I really wanted to rub elbows with two of my favorite authors.


One author, Shyam Selvadurai , I first read when I departed from L.A. to move to Sri Lanka. My dear friend Aaron gave me his book Cinnamon Gardens as a going-away present, and over numerous readings it has given me greater and greater insight into Sri Lanka’s people and history. His other books, Funny Boy & Swimming in the Monsoon Sea continued my education. Shyam lives in Canada now. And I’m laughing so hard because I’ve just told him I’m not a stalker and his answer was "Of course not, you’re too sweet" Aney, sweet, no?


The other author, Karen Roberts, was similarly educational. She gave me insight into the same important and divisive periods of time in Sri Lankan history as Shyam: when the British left 60 years ago with Flower Boy, and the Tamil riots of 1983 with July. Karen now lives in California, and we’ve been able to engage in a correspondence that I hope will continue.


Along with getting them to autograph my copies of their books, I offered them each a copy of mine. They were both kind enough to accept it, as was the only other author I gave a copy to, a Candian-Sri Lanka author I had only just discovered, Randy Boyagoda. (The banner at the edge of the stage is a quote from Sri Lankan resident Arthur C. Clarke that reads "The only way of discovering the limits of the possible is to venture a little way past them into the impossible". Cool, huh?)

I had only brought 3 copies of my book to give away, since I was attending as a fan and not for promotional purposes. 2 were for the authors I mentioned above, and one for the festival’s organizer, who had said I might be able to be involved next year. But I felt such a connection to so much of what Randy said in his accent that sounded like mine, I really wanted to give my last copy to him. So I did.

You can read a bit of the panel’s discussion on "Longing and Belonging" here:

I could describe the town of Galle to you now, but since I included a description in my book, I’ll just paste an excerpt here and save my fingers a few extra thrusts on the keyboard:

…they walked around the large mossy stones of the seventeenth century Dutch Fort.

“It must be so peaceful because it’s a weekday,” Pravin noted.
“And it’s still morning,” Mara added, marveling at the grass that carpeted the expanses between walls. Climbing to a castellated plateau, their gaze was drawn to the lighthouse in the distance and the sea beyond the clock tower that continued to mark the time.
“Imagine what it must have looked like in its heyday,” Talal mused. “Did you know the Dutch built brick-lined underground sewers that got flushed by the tides twice a day?”
“Cousin,” Mara said, her hand on Talal’s shoulder, “you retain the oddest information. Interesting, but odd.”
“Some scholars believe it to be the Tarshish of the Old Testament,” Pravin said, trying to top Talal, “where King Solomon sent his merchant vessels, and where Jonah fled.”
“Reference to ancient Biblical lands,” Mara said, “now we’re getting somewhere.” They turned from the view to examine the fort itself. A posted sign in three languages read No Loitering or Bad Behavior.
“Consider me duly warned,” Mara said grimacing.
“Last time I was here, I shot a picture of a couple kissing beneath an umbrella next to that sign,” Pravin shared.
“Does that count as bad behavior? Or just loitering?” Talal asked.
“They must have added the sign once this place became a UNESCO World Heritage Site,” Pravin said….


Of course, my book has many descriptions of Sri Lanka that my friend Cecilia says "are not too touristy and at the same time, not too terroristy". Or something to that effect – listen to the radio interview (links are listed below if you scroll down) for her exact wording.

Ta ta for now, friends!

Categories: Behind the Scenes

2007 in Review

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In looking back on the year that has just passed, I saw how far I came in the last 6 months or so. Here’s what I posted in my previous blog:

July 4th, 2007 – American Independence Day! yay!

The printed books arrived on my doorstep on the day before I left on a trip to L.A.

July 27th

I met with the inimitable Ajai Singh to discuss promotional strategies.

July 30th

Did my first magazine interview! Now I only hope it gets published…

August 2nd, 2007

I dropped the boxes off at the distributor’s office, Perera-Hussein Publishing House,  and had a goooood chat with Sam Perera.

Aug 9th

Met for a pre-interview for a radio chat to be recorded on Aug 16th and played soon after the launch.

Aug 20th post:

With the book launch date secured for the 30th of August, invitations are rolling out and preparations are being made.  Fun! 

By a lucky coincidence, August 30th is my SEVEN-YEAR ANNIVERSARY of the day I left L.A. to move to Sri Lanka.  So we’ll have all the more reason to celebrate together.  I might even bring champagne!  ; ) 

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Entry for September 5, 2007:

I’m still reeling from the wonderfulness of the book launch!  Thank you to all who attended and to all who helped make it possible.  Ajai Singh is really the man who made it happen, and Sanjo & Mizan at Zanziba were very gracious for letting us use their space. 

Readings done by Annika Fernando-Singh, Navin Ratnayake and Cecilia McGuire were so well done and heartwarming, it really brought my little book to life! What a gift they all gave me by offering to help out with that.

Azhara and Anjuli from Grey Advertising were also incredibly supportive and invaluable. And thanks to all the press that came out to help spread the word. It was such fun having you there!

I will do my best to post photos very soon, and keep everyone updated on where you can find articles.  The September edition of ADOH! has a lovely article – thanks Minoli! 

This is an exciting journey and I’m so very grateful to everyone who is supporting and encouraging me along the way.  THANKS!

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In October, Lanka Woman ran a nice article too.

(For the full article go to )

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And then…

Entry for December 8, 2007
FINALLY!  The book is available on ! Here’s the link: 
It’s a moment I’ve been awaiting for some time and I’m so glad it’s here! YAY!

My first OM story!

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My very first story for DailyOM, written on Oct 18, 2005, now graces page 161 of the DailyOM book!


Being Aware November 14, 2005
Stepping Into Consciousness

Life is a journey comprised of many steps on our personal path that takes us down a winding road of constant evolution. And each day, we are provided with a myriad of opportunities that can allow us to transform into our next best selves. One moment we are presented with an opportunity to react differently when yet another someone in our life rubs us the wrong way; on another day we may find ourselves wanting to walk away from a particular circumstance but are not sure if we can. Eventually, we may find ourselves stuck in a rut that we can never seem to get out of. We may even make the same choices over and over again because we don't know how to choose otherwise. Rather than moving us forward, our personal paths may take us in a seemingly never-ending circle where our actions and choices lead us nowhere but to where we've already been. It is during these moments that awareness can be the first step to change.

Awareness is when we are able to realize what we are doing. We observe ourselves, noticing our reactions, actions, and choices as if we were a detached viewer. Awareness is the first step to change because we can't make a change unless we are aware that one needs to be made in the first place. We can then begin understanding why we are doing what we are doing. Afterward, it becomes difficult not to change because we are no longer asleep to the truth behind our behaviors. We also begin to realize that, just as much as we are the root source behind the causes for our behaviors, we are also the originator for any changes that we want to happen.

There is a freedom that comes with awareness. Rather than thinking that we are stuck in a repetitive cycle where there is no escape, we begin to see that we very much play a hand in creating our lives. Whether we are aware of them or not, our behaviors and choices are always ours to make. Our past and our present no longer have to dictate our future when we choose to be aware. We are then free to move beyond our old limits, make new choices, and take new actions. With awareness, our paths can't help but wind us forward in our lives while paving the way for new experiences and new ways of being. It is through awareness that we can continue to consciously evolve.

written by Malayna Dawn for – see it at

For more info on The Daily OM book, click the link to the left.