Bhakti is a beautiful & freeing path of yoga that was introduced by the poets & saints of India. Through chanting we enter a state of surrender to god/ Love/ the nature of reality/ the Self. While repeating the names of deities something deep within us unlocks, we awaken to a blissful feeling, and 15 minutes of chanting suddenly feels like one minute! I’d like to invite you to go on this devotional, musical journey with me.
I used to be very hard on myself with meditation. I put myself through a 10 day silent vipassana retreat, would set my timer for 2 hours a day and suppress my imagination entirely to just sit there hyper-focused on the breath and bodily sensations. I considered meditations that included visuals & sounds to be … Continue reading 18 Ways to do Japa Meditation
This morning I received a message on social media from a man warning me that several of his friends had ‘OD-d’ on kirtan & that I needed to be careful and stay balanced. Although it caught me off guard (I’m pretty confident I’m grounded with this devotional stuff) the urgent tone of his message got … Continue reading Can You OD on Kirtan?
Since turning 40 I am learning this 40 verse chant to Hanuman! Hanuman, the half monkey/ half man deity who served Rama through selfless acts of courage and enormous strength, is a powerful symbol. Hanuman reminds me to give the brave strong parts of my personality over to a compassionate cause that serves the greater … Continue reading Hanuman Chalisa
A few days ago while on a job interview my I looked down & noticed my thumb shaking. In the past this would have spiraled me into more anxiety. But this time I had a relaxation tool- japa meditation (silent repetition of a mantra). Quietly to myself I repeated my mantra and I watched in … Continue reading 4 Beautiful Reasons To Fall in Love With Chanting