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!
Each calendar quarter, our meditations and chants are chosen with a special focus:
The 4th quarter of 2020:
In Meditation, we will be softening into a beautiful and heart expanding Loving Kindness meditation, then will flow into a soul nourishing silent meditation.
In Chanting, we will lift our vibrations with chants to Narayana! We’ll enjoy chanting to Narayana along with Baba Hanuman, Ram, and Durga. For those of you who would like to know the whole chant list, here it is:
Om Namo Narayanaya, Deva Premal, Love is Space, track 7
Baba Hanuman, Krishna Das, Breath of the Heart, track 1
Hallelujah Shri Ram, Krishna Das, Heart as Wide as the World, track 3
Ma Durga, Krishna Das, Breath of the Heart, track 3
Narayana / For Your Love, Krishna Das, Heart As Wide as the World, track 2
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 ofthe 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.
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?
In Chanting, for anyone who wants to preview, practice or purchase the chants, our playlist for the 3rd qtr. of 2020 is shown below.
Handouts with words, pronunciations, and meanings will be screen shared during in the Zoom meeting).
Gayatri mantra, by Deva Premal on The Essence (track 1)
Om Namaha Shivaya, by Robert Gass on Wings of Song (track 1)
Namah Shivaya, by Krishna Das, on Live on Earth for a Short Time Only (disk 2, track 4)
By Your Grace / Jai Gurudev, by Krishna Das on Heart As Wide As the World (track 4)
Bonus track: Namah Shivayah, by Krishna Das on Pilgrim Heart (track 1)
Bonus track: Gayatri, bonus track, by Deva Premal on The Essence (track 8)