Wednesday, March 29, 2006
The Celebrate Peace Tour visited a nursing home in Ottawa. We shared music and GuruGanesha Singh told jokes that made everyone laugh. We had a great time.
Residents of the nursing home singing with us.
Here I am with ladies of the nursing home.
Here is Atma Kaur and her boys. She made us a delicious meal upon our arrival into Ottawa.
We had a very powerful and transformational Kundalini Yoga workshop at the Ottawa Gurdwara. This Gurdwara has such a peaceful vibration. Here the class is meditating.
Here is a Sardar ji (respected man of the Sikh faith) who is enjoying the relaxation section of the Kundalini Yoga workshop at the Ottowa Gurdwara.
Here I am with a group of the youth who organized the Kundalini Yoga workshop at the Ottawa Gurdwara. Mukhande Kaur seen here with me wearing a turban and chuni was the one who contacted us first and was the leader who brought everything together. She is a wonderful and amazing young woman who is very inspirational to me!
Here we are with Pritampal Singh on violin at the Adi Shakti Yoga Center in Ottawa.
Clockwise: Siri Bandhu, Atma Kaur, Harimander Singh, GuruGanesha Singh, Krishan Prakash Singh, Karta Kaur, Snatam, and Atma's boys. Here we are at the Natural Choice Bed and Breakfast run by Siri Bandhu Kaur and Harimander Singh Khalsa. We had a wonderful and cozy time and highly recommend it to any travelers in search of a fun and blissful place to stay in Ottawa. Please see www.vegybnb.com for more information. And if you want the best breakfast ever ask Siri Bandhu for her special pancakes with sesame seeds! Yum.
Clockwise: Siri Bandhu, Atma Kaur, Harimander Singh, GuruGanesha Singh, Gabriel, Krishan Prakash Singh, Karta Kaur, Atma's boys.
I am grateful for all of the comments that people have been posting. Recently someone asked me to talk about my daily practise (Sadhana) which I would love to do because it has really helped me to stay strong and positive during this very blessed, but sometimes challenging tour.
I like to wake up in the morning and take a cold shower. It really gets my blood flowing and it is very good for the immune system. I then like to do a very powerful Kundalini Yoga set. Kundalini Yoga helps to release tension from the body,it maintain a strong nervous system, and it is totally energizing. I love to do my banis, which are sacred recitations from the Sikh faith; Jap ji, Jaap Sahib, Tav Prasad Swaya, Anand Sahib, Rehras and Kirtan Sohila. These banis help to really neutralize my mind and tune me into the flow of God. Often times if there is an issue that I am dealing with that is bothersome I will do a prayer about it before starting the banis, and then when I am finished with the banis my mind is totally clear and can find a solution or drop the issue as need be. I also do Nam Simran which is chanting of God's Name. I find that with this daily practise or Sadhana that things just flow much more easily. It takes time and intention, but I find that the universe starts working for me while I am meditating. Beautiful miracles just happen. But most importantly I hear the voice of God and tune into it every day. I first started doing Sadhana on my own when I was twelve years old. During this time in my life my parents had just gotten a divorce, so I did it to gain inner strength and peace. It really helped me and so I continued every day. I began to enjoy it as a teenager because my family did Sadhana every day with live music. That is when my love affair with Sadhana began. It continued especially with the Summer Solstice Sadhana in Espanol New Mexico where over 1,000 people gather every morning in the high desert as the sun is rising to chant God's Name. (see www.3HO.org for more information). When I moved to Eugene Oregon we worked on our daily practise and the community there really came together to create a beautiful Sadhana. Sadhana is one of my favorite things about going home to Eugene.
Speaking of home... I'll be heading home soon and look forward to being with my husband soon...Sopurkh Singh for all of those who haven't met him yet. He has an incredibly strong Sadhana. He has been a wonderful support for me on this tour, and has given me so much good advice. I am incredibly grateful to him. Pics of Sopurkh Singh coming soon...please stay tuned!!
May Peace Prevail on Earth.
Over and Out.
Best of Luck for the remaining tour. It must be stil cold in Canada? I'm sure that the soulful sounds deliver warmth.
Ram Das Kaur - Adi Shakti Yoga Centre
Also I got to give a shout out to the beautiful people in Ottawa! Other than your band I recognized four people I know and love in Ottawa.
WaheGuru Ji Ka Khalsa, WaheGuru Ji Ki Fateh!
i recently attended one of your children's concert while you were in mississauga,
i feel blessed when i am in your presence.
lots of love,
May Guroo Sahib Bless you with Chardi Kala Guursikhi Jeevan, Naam and more seva. :)
a(n)mrith naam nidhhaan hai mil peevahu bhaaee ||
Vahiguroo Anng Sanng
Here we are really expecting your visit to our town. The place, Our Lady of Pi, is really wonderful and I am sure you will like it a lot!
Sorry for my poor english (I practice too less). Best wishes!! Sat Nam!