An Introduction to Kirtan

 December 17, 2008
Posted by Kitzie

I’m so excited to be going live with this project.  It was inspired within meditation, and has come together in less than a month.  I couldn’t have done this without the help of my inspired Web designer and dear friend Sue Crawford.  She has helped me so much with this and other design projects, helping to bring my dreams to reality and putting up with my “brainstorms”.  Thanks Sue.

Kirtan is a unique and ancient form of meditation.  It originated in India, and is meditation using the voice.  Singing or listening to the chant does much of the work for you, delivering your mind to a place of quiet & peace.

The songs in the this podcast are those we use in our Sunday evening kirtan sessions here in Oregon.  You can read about our group kirtan experience by clicking here.  Each week there will be a different set of music.  I hope you’ll download this podcast and use it as a kirtan practice, either alone or with like-minded friends who like to sing.  If you like what you hear, I hope you’ll support the artist by purchasing the CD.  You’ll find links to the artists here at the Website, and there’s also a link to the songbook we use with the lyrics so you’ll know what you’re singing about.

Here’s how the set will go.  We’ll start with the chant OM.  Do some deep breathing at this point to get your mind and body to calm down.  Either listen with headphones, following the words of the chant in your mind, or sing–alone or with friends.  Either way, stop the podcast after each chant and sit quietly.  Just observe where the chant has taken you.  Then, if you have the time or the inclination, continue, each set goes for about an hour.  You can also use the set as background music.  It will calm your mind & body any way you chose to use it.

I hope you enjoy these kirtan experiences, and I hope you’ll support the artists who perform this music.  Namaste.

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