Feeds:
Posts
Comments

Archive for the ‘Chanting & Meditations’ Category

“May all beings be free from suffering, may all beings quietly between breaths follow the path across the horizon.  The out-breath brings dreams that has no beginning and no end drifts through the song that precedes our birth and dispels the illusion that we are or are not who we think we are”.

Ondrea Levine, “The Healing I Took Birth Ford:  Practicing the Art of Compassion.

Stephen and Andrea Levine are two of my favorite meditation teachers and writers.  Their work is so profound and intimate.

Suffering takes different forms for different people but it always the same; that which takes us out of the moment and into our heads. . . obsessing, grasping, hurting, hating, clinging, perseverating, wanting, etc.  It is the stories we tell ourselves. . . you know them….

“I’ll be happy when. . . ”

“I start a yoga class while. . . ”

It’s also ego-clinging and not being able to let go of our beliefs and ways.

Do you know what causes your suffering?  Do you know that there is a way to end suffering?

Come back for my articles on the Eight-fold Noble Path.

May we share the merit of all of our good intentions and actions with those whose suffering is never-ending.

In health and compassion,

Jennifer

 

Read Full Post »

Here is a visualization from http://www.mindbodygreen.com.

http://www.mindbodygreen.com/0-5195/Easy-Meditation-Technique-to-Heal-Relationships.html

I don’t use a lot of visualizations other than Yoga Nidra but for some, using more senses in their meditation and stress reduction can help one go deeper into their practices.

Check it out and leave us a post so we know if it is helpful.

Read Full Post »

Thich Nhat Hanh, Sister Chan Khong and Kenley

Thich Nhat Hanh, Sister Chan Khong and Kenley (Photo credit: kenleyneufeld)

Here is a clip of a song which is often sung in Thich Nhat Hanh‘s tradition.

“Happiness is here and now,

I have dropped my worries,

Nowhere to go,

Nothing to do,

No longer in a hurry

Happiness is here and now,

I have dropped my worries,

Somewhere to go,

Something to do,

But I don’t need to hurry.”

And here is a PDF of some of their other songs

Today I had some dental work done and I can honestly say that I have more angst about going to the dentist than my own death.  At least with death, there is probably an end of suffering.  At the dentist, it certainly doesn’t feel like it.

I know I am not the only one who has this problem.  Google dentist and dukkha and you’ll see what I mean.

I try to bring my iPod and listen to Thich Nhat Hanh while I am there.  I find him comforting, especially when he is chanting in Vietnamese.  It soothes my “soul”.

What I was listening to was the audio version of Living Without Stress and Fear.

I didn’t plan to listen to that but I used the search function, typed in Thich Nhat Hanh and it was the first audio that came up.

Between my angst, the drill, stopping for Xrays, etc, I could actually hear bits and pieces of the talk.

Read Full Post »

Tibetian bronze singing bowl. Русский: Тибетск...

Here is an awesome clip to chill our to, to get mindful with, to wake up, well, to just be…

Enjoy the sound of these Tibetan Singing Bowls during your down time, meditation time, or any time.

Listen, Listen… to the present moment… 40 minutes of incredible bowls being invited!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o1xZC3TtcBU&feature=related

Read Full Post »

Singing Bowl and Cushion

Singing Bowl and Cushion (Photo credit: teamaskins)

Here is an awesome 40+ minute clip of some Tibetan singing bowls.

I’ve been listening to them all week.

Please forgive me if I put them in more than one post…. I’m so excited to have found this.

It is pure joy to listen to!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o1xZC3TtcBU&feature=related

Read Full Post »

Here is a MP3 that I recently downloaded on Itunes… a little different than the chanting from Plum Village or from Lama Surya Das but am enjoying it nonetheless.

Here is C.C. White:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_62uT3pODHw

And here she is with Dave Stringer

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JkF9xibwVOw&feature=related

Here is CC’s website… http://www.soulkirtan.com/

So, enjoy!

~~Jennifer

Read Full Post »

Upaya's Zendo Green Tara

Here is a track from Lama Surya DasChants to Awaken the Buddhist Heart with Steven Halpren

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mFwFM2FmU9Y

 

I’ve been listening to this MP3 a lot this month.  Mostly listening to the Heart Sutra.

http://www.wildmind.org/mantras/figures/greentara — Click here for an explanation of the chant.

If you have a favorite chant that you use on the cushion, please leave a comment and share with us!

Much happiness and peace,

Jen

Read Full Post »

Older Posts »