rich or poor

Words could never do these places justice. after an all-night harrowing drivefrom Amritsar, Haridwar is stunning to sleepless eyes. Against my doctors orders, a wade into the Ganges is refreshing and grounding. I wander the streets trying to buy a bottle of water, alas not a single shop will accept my 1,000 rupee note. I'm so wealthy that I'm actually quite poor and thirsty. That's probably a good metaphor to stop at.

By | 2010-01-08T23:27:42+00:00 December 3rd, 2009|animals, Yoga|2 Comments

Fruit Fly Mukti

When we chant Om Lokah Samastah Sukhino Bhavantu it means May *All* Beings Be Free of Suffering. We vow to do our best. Got fruit flies? Here's the solution. Here's a pic of my nifty fruit fly catch and release system:

By | 2010-07-23T18:09:44+00:00 September 13th, 2009|animals, Yoga|3 Comments

Hang Time

Stepped out my front door on Saturday and swoosh, my feet went right out from under me.   Down the stairs I went. I’d like to say that I landed in wheel pose, but no. I slammed down in an undignified heap on the ground.  I immediately spouted something profane about the person who was supposed to clear the stairs. Of course it’s their fault, not mine…     I was able to right my mind stream before getting up, laughing at my automatic reaction of anger and finger pointing. Looking back, my mind was already in the car, and wondering how the roads were. Not being present landed me flat on my back.  ouch.   I had great hang-time though.     That moment in the air. Can remember the last time you slipped, had a near miss in the car, reached for your wallet and it wasn’t there, tripped on something, or watched the car door lock closed with your keys in the ignition?    The split second before you react, that’s stillness, fully present in the moment. That’s what we’re moving towards in our Yoga and Meditation practice. More time in the present. Stretching out that stillness, so there’s time to choose an appropriate action instead of mindlessly reacting.    No, don’t throw [...]

By | 2016-11-19T13:18:43+00:00 January 12th, 2009|animals, Yoga|Add Your Comment

Maple Farm Sanctuary

An update from Cheri at Maple Farm Sanctuary: In late September a Mendon resident called us saying there was a Canada Goose in her yard, unable to fly. Jim and I got our net and small blankets and went to catch the goose. When we arrived it was obvious the goose couldn't fly but there we no signs of injury. Once we got him back to the sanctuary, I examined him for obvious broken bones or other trauma. The only finding was that he was young and very underweight. We didn't want him to bond with us (as difficult as that was!) so we provided him with lots of food, fresh water and the ability to stay in the barn or leave. He began going into the barnyard and making practice flights. He flourished! He knew the barn schedule better than we did. As I fed the squished grapes to the chickens at night the goose quickly grew to appreciate the special treat as well. As November came to an end more flocks of Canada Geese were coming to visit our fields. With each coming and going was a lot of honking. Our little goose was now paying closer attention to all of this activity. Then, one morning [...]

By | 2016-11-19T13:18:44+00:00 January 6th, 2009|animals|Add Your Comment


I Just had to share this video of twin baby mooses.  You can click the share button below to email it to a friend.   Thanks to those who could make it to the outdoor class at the Maynard Farmers Market this am.  Hope to see you all at the Smiletrain benefit tonight !    see you in class  -john   Be sure to check out the Fall retreat with John !     

By | 2016-11-19T13:18:56+00:00 July 26th, 2008|animals, Uncategorized|Add Your Comment