Meditation and Chanting
now offered online via ZOOM!
Release stress and discover deep inner peace with Meditation, then stay to uplift your spirits with Chanting
Offered on the 4th Saturday of each month
Meditation at 4:00 pm Central Time
Chanting at 5:00 pm Central Time
After meditation, stay for a chanting experience.
It will uplift and inspire you for your weekend!
Our meditations and chants are chosen with a special focus:
August 28, 2021:
Meditation provides us with a pause, an opening in our lives.
On Saturday, August 28, we’ll be enjoying a lovely guided visualization of breathing in the healing qualities of nature – the sun, air, clouds, trees and Mother Earth. Then we will connect with the angelic aspects of our crown chakra to discover new insights into a question or concern.
When this is complete, we then will flow into a soul nourishing silent meditation.
In Chanting, we will be honoring the August birthday of Ganesha, the remover of obstacles.
For those of you who would like to know the specific chants we’ll be doing, scroll down this page where they are listed for you.
Both Meditation and Chanting are FREE! (Donations accepted)
Studies show that meditation and chanting have positive effects on your emotions, brain and body – calming emotions, increasing the ability to process information and even softening physical pain. The National Institute of Health (NIH) tells us that meditation may physically change the brain and body, potentially improving many health problems with lasting effects beyond the time you spend in meditation.
Regular meditation practice can create new neural pathways for peaceful thoughts and calmer emotions.
Mantras are the mind vibration in relationship to the Cosmos. The science of mantra is based on the knowledge that sound is a form of energy, having structure, power and a definite predictable effect on the human psyche…Mantra takes the vibratory effect of each of your molecules into the Infinity of the Cosmos. ~Siri Singh Sahib, Yogi Bhajan
Beginners welcome – no experience in meditation or chanting needed
Never chanted before? Give it a try! We will be chanting to a cd. The words – and pronunciations – will be shown via Zoom Screen Share. It’s easy!
Why do we chant?
The gateways to the soul are opened with prayer, voice, sound, and repetition. The repetition of a vocal sound modifies and is remarkably healing to the breath, the body and the mind. Brainwaves begin to balance after only three or four minutes, and the muscle and skin temperature increases. Chanting is a simple way to reduce stress and anxiety.
Sacred chants bring about transformations in your awareness. Chanting opens you to the unfoldment of your potential into the field of possibilities, making it possible for you to fulfill any desire you have. You will have created a new reality.
How do we chant?
We will do both ‘sing along’ and ‘call and response’ chanting.
‘Call and response’ chanting means that first the “caller” sings the verse and then the audience repeats it. It’s easy! If you’re a visual person, we’ll have handouts with the words, definitions and explanations on them.
The above information on chanting is adapted from liner notes to Om Namaha Shivaya, by Robert Gass
What do we chant?
Chanting to Ganesha helps us to remember that most obstacles are internal. As we call on the Universe for assistance, we also recognize that we have the internal strength and power of an elephant to move through them.
Ganapati, Satyaa & Pari, Mukti, track 2
Om Gum Ganapatayei Namaha, Deva Premal, Healing Mantras, track 1
Om Ganesha, Salt Spring Centre of Yoga / Mark Dodson, 41st Acyr Kirtan Album, track 1
Ganesh Mahamantra, Kedar Pandit, Ganesh, track 7
Om Gam Ganapatayei Namaha (for new beginnings), Manish Vyas, Mangalam: Auspicious, track 1
Ganesh Gayatri, Sanjeev Abhyankar, Ganesh: He Listens, He Sees, He Cares, track 6