We had worked up a sweat at the upstairs art gallery next to the shop, ‘Radical Edge’. Wade and a group of Krishna guys from
backed me in a presentation on the power of chanting. The greatest partner to
chanting, of course, is dancing, and that’s what warmed up the group,
consisting of us and some local people. Montreal
I would liken our style of dance to something that is quite folk-ish. It involves swaying to the left, and swaying to the right, then moving forward and back, and then turning around. When everyone keeps synchronized, then oneness is achieved. All the while that our bodies were in motion, the mantra is as well.
Hridaya Chaitanya did great at rhythms on the mridanga, and Etienne was on karatalas, hand cymbals. The rest of us only had to worry about the mouth moving along only with the body.
What a great warm up it was to start a year’s beginning.
But that was not all, Verinder, my host in
and I, braved the cold Arctic air that set in. We decided to trek home despite
the 26 degree below Celsius with wind-chill factor after getting our warm up
session. When I suggested to do the walk, he came on with a spontaneous, “Yes!”
He told me he goes to the gym twice a week. I was trying to convince him that
to trek every day, as a program, is far superior. To his delight, the trek
built up heat inside his parka. I guess it was a revelation to him to know that
you can be warm in the cold. Just dress warm, be warm, and think warm. Fredericton
May the Source be with you!