High Park, Toronto
The Cherry Blossom Festival is a
big draw at High Park. Apart from tree beauty and the great weather, it being
the weekend and Mother’s Day remembrance tomorrow, all this stacked up to bring
the crowds. We kirtan fans took advantage of the situation and, like in
2021, plopped ourselves on the grass near the park’s entrance to deliver the
goods; mantra power.
Power there is in this ancient
practice. Ajamila and Vrkodhara alternated with leading the chant, and in-between
I spoke a few words to the converged onlookers about the positive benefits of
this form of happy meditation. People mostly observed, but some knew the mantra
and sang with us, while others danced.
We were a sensation, and when I
say “we” I also mean the spectators. Like cherry blossoms, there was something
mighty gorgeous about all who surrounded us in surprise. Part of my speech to
the crowd was that 20% of Canadians now encounter stress and depression; a
rather high rate. In developing countries where there is poverty, there is
often a higher morale; a greater state of happiness. That’s interesting.
In any event, we reached out to a
lot of people and sent them moments of joy. It is our intent to make High Park
a regular spot for Saturday happiness. All are welcome. You can contact me for
May the Source be with you!