April 23rd, 2003

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CHANTING ROCKS

The chanting service at Center For Spiritual Living tonight was very moving. Well not at first. But that's because I contracted a cold today. And being of the stuffy head variety I found myself distracted. But the last chant moved me nonetheless. It was different than all the other call and response chanting we did. The other chants were Sikh, Hindu and such. This one was just the same words over and over...

You are so deeply looooooved.
You are so deeply loved.
You are so deeply looooooved.
You are so deeply loved.

Backed by angelic Indian drumming and an electric bass. And led by Gina Sala, who has the voice of a goddess. Imagine it, you are in a room with over 100 people and you hear them singing to you as you sing...

You are so deeply loved.
You are so deeply loved.
You are so deeply loved.

In this sacred place, with sacred music, surrounded by spiritual brothers and sisters, you can't help but believe it. You can't help but feel it.

And in feeling it, down to the very core of my being, I could not resist the temptation to send that feeling out to others. And so I pictured them, two people that have hurt me, one recently and one in the past. And I sent that feeling to them, that song...

You are so deeply loved.
You are so deeply loved.

And I got clarity around those two people that helped me so much. And I got some peace around them. And I was safe within the chant, cradled in the truth of a hundred voices.

This is where chanting takes me:

When your sense of self is no longer tied to thought, is no longer conceptual, there is a depth of feeling, of sensing, of compassion, of loving, that was not there when you were trapped in mental concepts. You are that depth.

Eckhart Tolle






Chanting here every 3rd Wednesday night.</center>
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