The 3 Stages of a Kirtan Event

The 3 Stages of a Kirtan Event

A Kirtan event, much like a yoga class, goes in three distinct phases: Distraction, Alignment, and Flow. Distraction: Prior to the event beginning, we are arriving, getting seated, chatting with friends. We begin to chant “Om” together: “Auuuuummmm,” Among...
This Is Your Brain on Kirtan

This Is Your Brain on Kirtan

Kirtan always revives me. No matter how exhausted, stressed, or grumpy I am, after just a few minutes of chanting Kirtan, I’m reinvigorated. If I’m chanting in a group, the effect is amplified and I start vibrating with bliss. What is it about Kirtan that...
The Importance of Year-End Sangha

The Importance of Year-End Sangha

The Importance of Year-End Sangha I remember once when I was in my 20’s, I told a friend that someday I might just “check out,” meaning I might disappear into a cave somewhere and meditate. Of course, it never happened –I had educational, professional, and...
Let Go, My Ego!

Let Go, My Ego!

Let Go, My Ego! You should be able to remember your zip code as you drift in intergalactic ecstasy. – Ram Dass Is there a place for ego in spiritual growth and unfoldment? The ego is sometimes looked upon as “the enemy,” an obstacle to enlightenment, something...
From Stage Presence to The Presence

From Stage Presence to The Presence

  As a child actor, I would sometimes be complimented on my “stage presence.” People would say they could feel my joy of performing, that I radiated a “something” that was interesting to watch. It was actually easy for me to be “charismatic”...