February 4, 2016

Divine Healing

About a year ago I was in terrible pain from a back spasm that ultimately became a spiritual journey. I did some of the hardest & deepest work of my life d […]

August 27, 2014

A Conversation with Deva Premal & Miten

Years ago I was doing Yoga to a CD by Shiva Rea, when I heard a voice on the soundtrack singing words that were unfamiliar to me. The voice was so pure & c […]

June 3, 2014

Fresh Tracks 23

There’s nothing I like more than loading new kirtan CDs into my phone, putting on headphones and going out for a walk — I know it […]

April 15, 2014

Deep Chill

This week’s podcast is another that features a guided meditation at the beginning, followed by chants that continue the mood. We’re featuring relaxa […]

November 13, 2012

Running With Kirtan

Running used to be a passion of mine. I ran for years, usually to music, and loved it. Running has since been replaced with swimming & Yoga, and I love my n […]

October 23, 2012

Invoking Tara

The chants from this week’s podcast invoke Tara, the Goddess of Peace & Protection. Tara appears in virtually every culture on Earth, and represents the M […]

October 16, 2012

The One For Peace

It’s election season once again, and here in the United States we have been subjected to a constant barrage of poisonous political ads for months. It&#821 […]

October 2, 2012

The Morning Within

The music for this week’s set came about in a beautiful way. When I was in the midst of caregiving for my Mom I received a message on Facebook from two listen […]

August 13, 2012

Fresh Tracks Redux

The first Fresh Tracks set was in 2010, and they have been opportunities to bring you new tracks from the world of kirtan. This is the first of those sets, fill […]

February 12, 2012

The Om Set

The tracks this week are of just one chant, the very powerful Om chant — a single syllable that is sacred in the traditional Hindu religion. Om is a man […]

January 10, 2012

Fresh Tracks 9

Bust my buttons if there isn’t just some mighty fine kirtan out in the world these days. The music this week was so juicy it was difficult to choose just […]

December 20, 2011

Bismillah

I’ve been haunted by the song “Bismillah” since I heard it several weeks ago. The word “Bismillah” comes from the Islamic traditio […]

November 1, 2011

Om Namah Shivaya

This week’s podcast is about honoring Shiva, the name of the consciousness that lives within each one of us. “Om Namah Shivaya” means “I bow to […]

October 11, 2011

Healing

The weather is changing, and it fits my frame of mind. Oregon’s rainy winter has always suited my inner curmudgeon, and now the rain feels like a blessed […]

 
August 9, 2011

What The World Needs Now …

… is love, sweet love? Close, but no cigar. The world can always use more love, but this week’s podcast is all about compassion. For Tibetan Buddhis […]

June 7, 2011

Gems

You’ve probably noticed the podcast is a day late this week, and if you’ve ever spent several hours loading software under a deadline you have an id […]

 
May 24, 2011

Just Breathe

“Breathe and stay in the present moment.” It’s so simple, and so difficult to do. Modern life bombards us with seductive distractions, and it […]

February 22, 2011

Sunday Satsang III

This week’s set was the convergence of two things; a really great satsang on Sunday, where we sang most of this set, and the arrival of several new kirtan […]

February 8, 2011

Kirtan Divas

Several friends departing for vacation last week prompted me to coin my new motto: Kirtan Is My Mexico!. To take a mental vacation from your cell phone & co […]

 
November 9, 2010

“Keep Going, Say What You Know”

This summer I happened to catch an entry by Tami Simon on the Sounds True blog.  The entry was titled “Keep Going, Say What You Know”.  It struck […]

 
September 11, 2010

An Evening In the Bhav

We got back from Bhakti Fest too late last night for me to post (yawn)–I either have to get fitter or younger, because getting tired is a drag when there& […]

August 18, 2010

Fresh Tracks 7

Putting the podcast together is a miraculous process–I’m always curious to see what Spirit has planned for the show.   This week, the perfect CD s […]

 
June 1, 2010

Rites Of Spring

Springtime in Oregon is a warmer extension of winter, and the rain has been unrelenting this year.  But the garden awaits, and so does the planting a red climb […]

May 26, 2010

Dance of Kali

I’ve heard the goddess Kali described as gentle mother, fierce warrior.  That could also describe my mother … the fiercest warrior in our family. […]

 
May 4, 2010

Mouldy Oldies

Kirtan is by definition old, but the set this week was dictated by my need to sing some kirtan that fit like an old shoe.  These are a few of the songs our k […]

 
April 20, 2010

Spring!

Mother Nature is serving up some glorious stuff these days.  I highly recommend walking outside with kirtan, you can read about my experiences with it here. […]

 
March 23, 2010

The HCR Set

While we were singing this set on Sunday night, the US House was voting on health care reform.  The vote was important to me for many reasons, and so was direc […]

 
March 2, 2010

100% Gayatri

The Gayatri Mantra has an impressive resume.  Revered for thousands of years by Buddhists & Hindus alike, it is considered a supreme vehicle for enlightenm […]

 
February 16, 2010

Thou Art The Lover

This week’s podcast is a special edition for Valentine’s Day.  It has some surprises–when you devote something to Divine Love you can never b […]

 
November 10, 2009

Warming Up With Mantra

If you’re a podcast listener, you know that I work as a voiceover actress.  I like to sing to warm up my voice before I start work, and this week I&#8217 […]

 
August 19, 2009

Sinking Into The Presence

I don’t know about you, but I’m a God-a-phobic.  I was raised a strict Catholic, and in that worldview God isn’t someone you could ever think […]

 
August 4, 2009

Changin’

Lately I’ve had the classic R&B channel on in the background. It’s great–it plays all the funk & soul music I listened to growing up i […]

 
May 27, 2009

Kirtan Galore!

We continue to have glorious weather here in Oregon, the sun makes such a big difference in our lives!  The artists continue to send me their beautiful CD&#821 […]

 
May 20, 2009

The Breath Of Lakshmi

Spring is bustin’ out all over in Oregon, and it is a glorious time to be alive and out of doors.  The set this week has a new song by Guruganesha Singh […]

 
April 14, 2009

Road Trip!

If you’ve been reading this blog and listening to the podcast you know that our Sunday satsang group sings kirtan to CDs, and that’s the music which […]

 
March 3, 2009

Only One Sin . . .

Late last spring an Indian woman named Mother Meera came to our town and I went to see her.  The experience changed my life.  She’s coming again this mo […]

February 24, 2009

Choose Love

“All my life, I had a choice of hate and love.  I chose love, and I’m here.”  A. R. Rahman had that to say when he won two Oscars for his mu […]

 
February 17, 2009

Spreading The Kirtan Vibe

I’m so excited to share the amazing music I’ve been finding for this podcast, the problem is there’s just not enough time to play it all.  So I’m going […]

 
February 10, 2009

Kirtan For Dummies

OK, I’ve decided to create an elevator speech for kirtan, because people don’t know what it is.  And when I try to tell them what it is and how great it is […]