Michelle Wood
May 2010

2010 rang in many life-changes:

In January, my son got married;

February, my grandson was born;

March, my father died at age 92;

April, my 38-year marriage ended in divorce;

August, my son and his family moved out of state;

September, I moved out of my house and into my first-ever apartment all by myself!

October, I had my first spiritual-physical experience singing kirtan.

December, I experienced a powerful initiation into mysticism. It was that, oddly enough, that led to photography!


Given that upheaval all in one year, I knew I was meant to take a new direction in life, but what? It unfolded like so…


Several extraordinary experiences while singing kirtan, the Hindu devotional practice also called Bhakti Yoga, led me to study the healing effects of of sound and vibration. From September 2011 to September 2012, I held a weekly nada yoga Sanskrit chanting practice in my home with a group who loved the practice and was sad to see it discontinued. It was all these singing and chanting experiences that led to visiting India.


In October of 2012, I undertook a pilgrimage to India. A single woman traveling alone, my sojourn began at Kalimath in north India, a temple complex in the Himalayan foothills, and culminated at Prasanthi Nilayam, the Sathya Sai Baba ashram in south India visiting some of India’s most sacred temples and cities in between.¬† You may learn more about that on the Pilgrimage to India¬†page.


Influenced by all the wondrous sights I photographed in India, after moving to Boise, Idaho in March of 2013, I became deeply interested in photography. I purchased a very fine Nikon D3200 DSLR and have been shooting ever since. I’ve recently opened an account at Dreamstime to offer the finest of my photos for sale. Check out my The Tiny Photographer portfolio!