Saturday, June 20th, 2015
Great in Gander.
Gander, a modest town of about 10,000 people, really made its mark on the map when, at 9/11, 747 aircrafts from many parts of the world landed there. The substantial-sized runway was filled with planes as a safety measure when New York’s twin towers were demolished, along with occupants. All of tiny Gander’s hotels and motels were fully capacitated and practically every residents’ home was welcoming beleaguered passengers for refuge at a time when the world seemed to come to a standstill.
Gander became world-renowned for being ultra-hospitable and I had the good fortune, along with Rashesvar and Brhat, of being hosted in the town with its one and only but growing community of yogis. Christa was the facilitator of our two part program on our speaking about yoga-walking, bhakti-yoga and a demo and inclusive chant-and-dance kirtan. I was happy to also meet Matthew, a local who recently became certified as a yoga teacher. It’s not all that often that you find male mentors on this field. All I can say is, “Yeah, Guys, let’s step up!”
Julie from the CBC Radio came over for an interview. Questions were basic, but pertinent, “What’s the walking all about, and what’s a monk all about?”
To Julie and to listeners on the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation I would like to say that the type of walking I do is self-reflective and introspective. A monk? To define that, “it is someone who voluntarily takes to discipline, simplicity and fun and one who inspires and gets inspired.”
Julie also filmed me on the drum and with the Krishna mantra. Hmmm? Maybe it’s also intended for TV?
May the Source be with you!