Meditation and Chanting
now offered online / virtual 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:
October 23, 2021:
Meditation provides us with a pause, an opening in our lives.
Saturday, October 23, is in Spiritual Care week and we also are approaching the Hindu Diwali, or Festival of Light (on Nov. 4), so we will be doing meditations and mantras to lift our vibrations and enlighten ourselves – to bring luminous spiritual Light into ourselves – and from us, to the world.
We’ll begin with a guided visualization to a peaceful and light filled island. Exploring the island, we find a miraculous source of cleansing water, which washes away all tension and troublesome thoughts, returning us to our natural state of deep inner stillness and peace.
When this is complete, we then will flow into a soul nourishing silent meditation.
In Chanting, we will be chanting mantras that are selected for their abilities to benefit our mental and emotional health.
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?
Asato Ma Sat Gamaya by Satyaa Pari on Sun Yoga, track 2 is a Hindu Shanti Mantra (Mantra of peace). Taken from Brihadaranyaka Upanishads, this mantra leads us from ignorance to truth, from darkness to Light, and from death to immortality.
The Jewel in the Lotus by Lama Surya Das & Steven Halpern on Chants to Awaken the Buddhist Heart, track 1. Chanting the lyrics, “Om Mani Padme Hum” releases negative karma and brings blessings and enlightenment.
Shanti Path (Asato Ma Sat Gamaya) by Saashwati Prabhu on Vedic Mantras, track 10
Tohi Mohi Tohi Antar Kaisa by Bai Baldev Singh on Tohi Mohi Tohi Antar Kaisa, track 6. This mantra’s meaning is: “Oh Lord !! You are Me and I am you. What is the difference between us” – it reminds us that we are One with All-That-Is
Samadhi Sitaram (Live) by Krishna Das on Live Ananda, track 1. In this mantra, we chant to Ram, or our soul, super consciousness, truth and virtue and Sita, the energy that moves and manifests. The Ram mantra ignites the internal fire that burns our all impurities and bad karma, while the Sita mantra activates the flow of energy to bring beautiful new blessings into our lives.
Asato Ma Sadgamaya by Manish Vyas on Mangalam: Auspicious, track 4 – a resonant version of this light-filled mantra.
Asato Ma Sat Gamaya by Satyaa Pari on Sun Yoga, track 2. For perfect balance, we close our chanting set by repeating the mantra with which we opened the set.