Meditation: Going Wrong

Reading Going Om reminds me of my high school years. A funny incident not between the yoga mat and me but the meditation process that we underwent. It’s not going om but going wrong.

Our Values Education teacher taught us how to meditate. Before he will start the class he will let us go deeper into contemplative state. But we have dirty secrets that only us, his students, know.

As he let us close our eyes and listen to his deep soothing voice and trying to tell us that we have to pay attention with our breath…. breath in…. breath out. Little did he know that as he meditated half of the class were wandering outside. And as he signaled to open our eyes, everybody were back into their sitting position batting eyelashes as if we underwent into deep thoughts. It’s one of the never ending topics in our reunions as we recall high school memories.

I didn’t appreciate it albeit my mother is practicing meditation too and shibashi for a long time. Until recently I feel the urge of meditating. It feels weird feeling this way, different from the rest of what my classmates does now a days … But I feel like it is an answer of knowing myself more.

I have been a seeker and I still am, but I stopped asking the books and the stars. I started listening to the teaching of my Soul ~Rumi

I am doing yoga for beginners since I read the book. It isn’t easy but I am starting to love it.

{#BookReview} Going Om: Real-Life Stories On and Off the Yoga Mat

Book Description

Life Lessons from the Lotus Position
Literati share their tales of life on and off the Yoga Mat

Unlike books on Yoga that provide instruction on technique, Going Om: Real-Life Stories On and Off the Yoga Mat is a unique collection of never-before-seen personal narratives from celebrated authors. This anthology values the quality of writing over the authors’ flexibility. With candid, witty and compelling experiences of yoga from renowned memoirists, Going Om shares a range of observations about this popular practice. Notable authors including Claire Dederer, Poser: My Life in 23 Yoga Poses; Dinty W. Moore, The Accidental Buddhist; Neal Pollack, Stretch: The Making of a Yoga Dude and many others.

Ira Sukrungruang shares his heartbreaking struggle as a 375 pound yoga student discovering self-worth on his mat; Gloria Munoz explores the practice of stillness with lyrical elegance in the midst of her busy minds; Neal Pollack’s signature sarcasm leads to surprising turns at yoga class with his dad; Elizabeth Kadetsky uses yogic wisdom while coping with her mother’s devastating Alzheimer’s.


Going Om: Real-Life Stories On and Off the Yoga Mat

Book Review

From the title “Om”, means we are all part this universe – always moving, always changing, always breathing. Through the different stories presented in this book, it shows the different aspects of life that human beings deal everyday. May it fun, exciting, lonely, or struggles in life. And one thing in common from the authors is that they face life circumstances with yoga practices.

This book is easy to read, very engaging, and a learning lesson as you read every essays from different yogis.

For instance,I’ve been complaining about my health for a long time. I believe there is something wrong inside. But it frustrates me when the doctor didn’t find anything wrong with my health. I stopped seeing the doctor and tried to eat healthier. But I can feel the reoccurrence of the pain inside my body. I found the answer through this book as I read the story of Suzanne Morrison, Duet in Song and Smoke, as the Russian doctor told her that there was nothing wrong with her but UNHAPPINESS… true enough for me.

Indeed this book convince me to practice yoga. I’ve been planning it for a long time. I did the beginner through Youtube a couple months ago but I quit because I feel like I can’t do it and I will never learn the art of yoga. But my view of yoga was changed as I read Emily Rapp story, Being Seen:

“True yoga isn’t about being technically skilled, and it’s never being good…
it’s about being present, being alive, and for me, being truly seen…
instead of thinking I will never be good at yoga, I think I love to do yoga. A subtle change, but a transformative one.

I fell inlove with yoga through this book that I have to research yoga poses for beginners in between reading the essays. As a beginner I find it hard even doing the basic like standing forward fold pose. But I decided I will start and never quit for yoga will make the better version of me as I deal life in any situations.

By the way Going Om: Real-Life Stories on and off the Yoga Mat is available at Amazon.


About the Editor

Melissa Carroll is a writer and yoga instructor who believes in the power of being present. Based in Tampa,she guides more than 200 students every week at the largest yoga class in Florida. Melissa leads yoga and creative writing at the University of Tampa. Melissa is the author f the chapbook The Karma Machine, and her work has appeared in many literary journals and magazines. Discover more at




Disclosure: A book was provided to me  for review.  No payment was received by me in exchange for this review nor was there an obligation to write a positive one. All opinions are 100% mine.



Lights in the Sky

You have probably seen pyrotechnic displays on the Fourth of July, but there are some other reasons why you might have a show that involves fireworks.

fireworks display

When a circus comes to a town, the organizers might have a small display on the first evening to mark that occasion. Those who attend might be able to get into the circus for free that night, or there might be other special events for those who go to see the fireworks on the first night of the event. There are some fireworks displays shown at the end of sporting events like baseball games or racing events. Holidays are the most common reason to have a fireworks show. Many cities rely on the money that is raised from events like this to pay money toward the budget or to support local organizations. Fireworks shows are a way to bring families and friends together. You can see small shows at a wedding that give a beautiful backdrop for the couple as they leave the reception. Fireworks shows can also be seen at New Year’s to celebrate the end of a year and the beginning of another.

There are all kinds of fireworks that you can see. Some of the shows are grand displays seen over a city, and some are small, being held in a parking lot.

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