And then I fell, over and over again

Ready for the Big Woods half marathon A post shared by Steve Morman (@stephen.morman) on Oct 10, 2015 at 6:51am PDT It was a mildly rough morning on the trails at Nerstrand Big Woods State Park, yesterday. The “Big Woods Run” half marathon and 10k both start at St. John’s Church in Faribault and send runners on a…

A meditation advance

Kirtan is becoming a little less weird for me. It’s still strange enough that a) I don’t know that many people who practice it and b) I’m not inclined to attend an event that promises tons of it. But I caught myself singing one mantra in the shower, recently. Perhaps the shower is one thing, but…

Meditate in just three minutes

“Benjamin Sisko is not and cannot be your favourite Captain.” So stated a recent post out there in the web, within one Star Trek fan’s recent article about must-knows when dating a Trek fan. “Really?” I thought. Curious, I’ve since raided the Netflix streaming library to check out why this could be so. And lo and…

What’s your obstacle?

As the opener to a yoga practice session, me and maybe 40 other practioners were guided though some kirtan, then open chanting of this mantra: “Om Gum Ganapatayei Namaha.” An audio sample of it can be found here. It is an invocation of Ganesha, that fabulous elephantine Hindu deity who is sometimes known as the…

the more I learn, the less I know

Perhaps a week before my yoga teacher training began, I happened upon the the video, above. Since then, I have learned more about the “M” in AUM (“ohm”), and have practiced Kirtan that invoked a God that is often known as the Destroyer. There’s a lot of destroying going on, for a relatively pleasant yoga…

Ganesha, grant me refuge

Had my yoga teacher training teachers not recommended that I attend one or both of the workshops done locally by Janet Stone, I doubt I’d have attended. We have an assignment to visit three classes in other yoga styles, for which these qualified. However, I suppose I figured that attending a workshop by a notable…