chanting mean to you?
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is a way to realize that I am not alone in my search for god. It is a way
to join my hearts cry for union with God with the cry of others. When I choose
to add the energy of my chanting to that of others, along with the intrinsic
power of repeating the "Names", it breaks down and removes what separates
me from God and others, e.g. self-absorption, pride, and fear. Chanting is
a powerful way to realign and focus or open up my energy centers. Chanting
is a profound form of meditation, it supports and propels forward other efforts
on the 8 limbs of ashtanga yoga. Chanting is a practical way to desensitize
to the scrutiny of others, regarding my voice, my rhythm, my choices, the
"music that comes out of me", to be less concerned about the opinion of others
and to lose my self in love for God. Most of all, chanting is my prayer to
God to come to me and carry me across to the other shore, from darkness to
light. - Sriram (Dr. Timothy Morgan)
is hard for me to put into words what chanting means to me as the experience
takes me to a place beyond language and understanding. Chanting is an intensely
heartfelt experience where I let go of the concept of myself as a small and
limited being. Chanting allows me to surrender myself to the Divine and it is
a means to express and experience a deep sense of love and connection to something
larger than myself. Chanting opens my heart and brings a smile to my face and
tears to my eyes. Whether I am in a group of 2 or 20, the process of bringing
our breath and our voices into harmony creates a sense of community and belonging
that is hard to find anywhere else. When chanting I feel I have come home to
myself. It is the fastest way for me to feel intensely present, joyful and alive.
- Shri Vidyarani Ma (Lisa Hofmann)