“She is just one of those people in the community who humbly, quietly does good,” Ballengee said. “She’s really special.”
Heartfulness is a practice of meditation that seeks to connect practitioners with their spiritual heart. The Heartfulness Center is part of a world-wide network of facilities to teach and promote the practice, and in the Dayton area holds classes in Beavercreek, Yellow Springs and downtown Dayton.
Before the pandemic, Mullapudi drove all over the Miami Valley offering meditation classes and teaching others — like teachers or police officers — how to lead meditation sessions.
She helped open the Heartfulness meditation center in Beavercreek. She also headed the effort to open a satellite branch inside the Fairfield Mall, so it would be easier and more accessible to take a mental health break.
Every day throughout the pandemic, Mullapudi hosted a lunchtime meditation session on Facebook.
“We haven’t stopped a day since COVID started,” Mullapudi said. “Even while meditating online, people are able to feel calmer.”
Mullapudi described meditation as regulating one’s mind. When a pebble is thrown into a pond, there are ripples, but after a while the water calms down and is still like glass. That is the state of mind Mullapudi aims for people in her classes to reach.
“She has quiet dedication and other people can see that and it spreads,” Ballengee said.