Kirtan – what’s it all about?

Music and songs have a strong emotive effect on us. To comfort or facilitate tears to flow; to uplift and re-energise; to calm and soothe. We need only bring to mind images of thousands of sports fans chanting their team’s ‘mantra’ during a game, or concert goers singing along with their favourite band, in order to recognise the euphoric effect that chanting can have on the human psyche. But Kirtan is on a whole other level!

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Offerings of devotion

“A leaf, a flower, a fruit, or even water, offered to me in devotion, I will accept as the loving gift of a dedicated heart.” 

These loving words were spoken by Lord Krishna to his devotee Arjuna in Chapter 9 of the Bhagavad Gita (the Hindu Bible if you like).  It was written centuries before the Christian Bible, and at a time of higher spiritual attunement to God.  The sentiments are clear:  if a person is sincerely seeking God, determinedly trying to be a better person each day, meditating regularly and deeply, this person need not offer gifts of material wealth to God. Rather, seekers are encouraged to offer up everything they think, do, say, eat, drink, see, touch and so on, even and especially the smallest thing, so that we realise that it is God Himself that is behind everything.

Have a great weekend everyone.

How to get your spiritual house in order

I rise in the morning (like many of us I’m sure) a little bleary-eyed, staggering flat-footed along the hallway from the bedroom to the kitchen.  I blink and scrunch up my eyes against the harsh morning light pouring in through the blinds, and then I catch a glimpse of it …..
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Things that make my heart sing

Don’t you just hate those times when you’re in a low mood and none of your usual strategies works (see my previous posts on distraction, gratitude, acts of kindness, meditation)!  At times like these, I just allow myself to feel the emotions fully, knowing from experience that for me this low mood will pass tomorrow.

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The Siren’s Call

How many of us hear the call home?  How many of us stop and listen, to hear if God is speaking to us in the silence, in the peace, in our growing intuition?  Take a few moments now to read my beautiful poem, The Siren’s Call, which was published on the Women’s Spiritual Poetry blog.  Click on the image below to read the poem (you can also watch and listen to the video version)!  I hope you find your own “quiet beacon through the fog“.  Blessings, Anita. ❤

The Siren’s Call