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Peace March With a Little Laughing Yoga

February 10, 2007

So, today I went on a march for peace with the group,
Peace Is Every Step
It was hosted by
Yoga at the Village in Glendale. Our goal was to walk silently and mindfully as a body of living peace, without banners or signs through the streets and back again. If anyone was to talk to us, or ask us questions, we were urged to stop walking, smile, bow and answer calmly and peacefully.

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While we did this, I was amazed at how little we were harassed. The cops drove by a couple of times. People stopped and stared. The local flower shop handed out daisies. I only heard of one woman who stopped her car and angrily asked how many of us damn hippies voted. I think I would have had a hard problem staying silent if someone asked me that. It would have been difficult for me to swallow the retort: “Um, I did but unfortunately they weren’t listening to me the last time and certainly weren’t the first time when Bush wasn’t even elected. Enjoy your war, death, destruction and global warming.” Instead, I was meditating on the line from Pulp Fiction: “The truth is you’re the weak. And I’m the tyranny of evil men. But I’m tryin’, Ringo. I’m tryin’ real hard to be a shepherd. ” I walked, very, very slowly…smiling beatifically, feeling a little like a Moonie but somehow appearing calm despite the crazy thoughts in my head. At one point, I even got all choked up.

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When we returned to the yoga studio, we started a series of different meditations beginning with a mindful eating meditation. We silently ate a piece of a cracker and then thought of how that cracker came to be on our plates. Then we went around the room and read quotes from Martin Luther King and Thich Nhat Hanh. We engaged in a little “Hugging Meditation”, where we got in two circles and bowed, hugged and said ‘I love you” to everyone in the room. At this point, I was starting to wonder when they were going to bring out the Guyana Punch.

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But no, it wasn’t time for punch yet, it was time for ‘Laughing Yoga’.

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Now, one of you (Jerm? E?) sent me this video a while back. Yep….same guy.

Laughing Yoga

Well, I will say that it was interesting and harmless fun, but I fear that it is not a branch of yoga that I will choose to practice in the future. After 3 hours of peace and love, I was kind of getting ready to drink the punch. All in all, it was a good experience and I feel better for having done it. Who knows? Perhaps the stillness I tried to create in my body will sink in a little and I will be kinder to my fellow man? Or maybe I’ll just go do a bong hit.