Cambridge Community Kirtan

Cambridge Community Kirtan

As our Community Kirtan program grows, we are touched and inspired by the photos, recordings and writings that come from the different communities. It is an honor to then share these with you. Below is from our Cambridge Community Kirtan and we hope you enjoy a small glimpse into what they are creating. If you want to learn more, visit our Community Kirtan page and click on the city of interest.     From the Cambridge Community Kirtan: A wonderful experience of collective singing of Bhajans was arranged by the Cambridge Community Kirtan on the warm Wednesday evening of Jun 21, 2017 at the Cambridge Swedenborg Chapel, Cambridge, MA. Excited devotees of Cambridge and surrounding areas gathered to sing Bhajans and mantras with well known devotional singers, Mr. Scott Hari Whitmore, Rachel, and Tom Lena. Tom Len welcomed warmly all the devotees and thanked them for attending the event with family and friends. Scott Hari Whitmore is taking the lead on organizing Kirtan evenings with Jennifer Canfield from the Call and Response foundation. International Yoga Day was celebrated by the devotees with Bhakti Yoga Bliss. Like Yoga, Collective chanting, is gaining interest in the United States. Kirtan format of chanting is a type of yoga in itself and has many of the mind-calming benefits of yoga. Kirtan has varying effects for different people, offers the possibility for the stillness of mind, without the struggle or striving to concentrate. Kirtan practice helps to focus the mind. By simply repeating mantras or words, you can release your mind from its daily chatter. For some, the practice has a powerful heart-opening effect...
Spring Cleaning

Spring Cleaning

Thanks to Russill Paul for these wise words about ways to ‘spring clean your mind’. The year is unfolding and, with having just passed through Spring Solstice, this is a great time to configure our mind spiritually.  There are lots of different ways we can go about this process, but here are some suggestions: Make a list of at least three mental habits (internal dialogues) that are no longer relevant to where you know you would like to be spiritually. Consciously discard them every time you catch yourself thinking them. This is not easy, so it needs to be balanced with positive images. That’s the next step which can also serve as step 1. Create at least three new positive images for yourself in terms of how you see yourself spiritually. One image is of you operating from a place of integrity when your buttons are pushed. Another is that of energy flowing steadily up your spine from your root chakra all the way up to your crown. And you can give it color, too: one that is appropriate for you. The positive image reinforcement coupled with the release of the negative thoughts can be a great way of easing into the year spiritually and setting the stage for a vibrant summer. It takes time to counteract negative habits so stick with the practice for three to four weeks.  21 days is of course the magic number so you can use that as a guideline if you want...

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