I got to be with Amma for the first time this past weekend at her ashram in Elburn, Illinois. They call her “the Hugging Saint” because when you are in her presence and she has you in her embrace, it’s like being enveloped in pure love. I was really moved by the her life’s work. Her organization, Embrace the World has donated millions to help disaster victims around the world and to provide housing and food for the poor. So many world leaders have been around Amma and her embrace. I was amazed by how organized her event was and the duration of her hugging sessions. She would sit all day and just hug people. I really felt my heart open when I got to embrace her and I feel like she will always be with my after that. This is how impactful it can be to be around her space. I highly recommend it. I really felt like I was home in her environment. I will never forget the experience.