When I was a teenager I survived an intense 3 day LSD trip which was more like an insomniac blur...it involved a spontaneous 14 hour drive to the east coast, parading nude in the streets, quitting my lifeguard job, and sadly at the end of it thinking I was a video game character. Such are … Continue reading My First Santsang (aka Sedona Meltdown)
I am fascinated with the art of surrender. From totally yielding in child's pose to rolling with the punches of 'failure,' to bowing & saying 'namaskar' to a stranger, to surrendering the human voice to mystical repetition of Sanskrit syllables. Surrender is the main reason I love chanting. The first thing I do when a … Continue reading The Gift of Surrender
Over the last 6 months I've been documenting live kirtans, intimate moments of songwriting, and outdoor mantra meditations. Now it's all up on YouTube as an offering for anyone who's curious about this chanting stuff. Here's the link: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC7OUHut7H1pvdg38Zieveww
This is called ‘Ma Durga’ and I was inspired to write it after visiting a 99 year old baba in a cave in India & listening to some things he said. Pictured below are lyrics I wrote on a tiny notebook on the plane on the flight from India to London. The cave experience was … Continue reading New Single on Spotify: “Ma Durga”
Chanting is powerful meditation practice that has been used for millennia by humans wishing to achieve peace, sacred connection, & transcendence. Science has found it calms brainwave activity & can cause the left and right hemispheres of the brain to synchronize, leading to ‘flow’ states or a feeling of oneness w/ the cosmos. Personally, I … Continue reading Spring Workshop Series
My first time chanting was mystical. I was about 22, had been woken up at 5am and led out in the Arizona desert with 50 women on a white tantra retreat called "Womanheart". Surrounded by the red rocks & beautiful music playing in the background, we chanted together "wahe guru, wahe guru, wahe guru, wahe … Continue reading The Power of Chanting
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