When we opened our doors nearly three years ago, we began with a kirtan and have wanted to bring this profound form of meditation, connection and bliss back to our studio ever since. Now from our own community of teachers, students and friends, we are grateful for the joining of hearts to fulfill this intention.
Kirtan is a call and response chanting of mantras that has its roots in India. Kirtan has the ability to quiet the mind if listened to or sung with intention. As we sing with each other, we experience a deep connection with all participants and ourselves. The magic of the chants will carry you within. Kirtan is the universal language of the spirit, the song of the soul.
Last Friday, August 22nd, we say together with our hearts, lead by Gayathri and the Gurus. You can see a sample of the evening below. We intend to make this a regular offering at Abhyaasa and look forward to singing with you! Namaste.
A very special student at Abhyaasa (one of our rocks, for sure) shared this with us after attending class on Sunday. :-)
Today our morning yoga class began with a mindful story by Gayathri which I now pass on to you. Most of us are familiar with the teacher who asks his students, as he fills the jar with small stones, if the jar is full. “Of course it is”, the students reply. The teacher then continues to fill the jar with pebbles which find space nicely within the stones. He explains the stones are the important things in our lives; family and health, while the pebbles represent the lesser important things such as our jobs and possessions. When asked now if the jar is full, the students reply again, “yes”, only to witness sand filling space between the rocks and pebbles. The sand represents the smallest and least important things in our lives. Being certain that the jar is now full, the students await the teacher’s familiar question only to be asked instead if there would be room for stones in your life if you had first begun filling it with sand?
It is important, especially during the busy holiday season when we focus so much effort and time on “sand”, to seek out our rocks and spend time with them loving them, knowing that you are also a rock in their lives. More difficult, however, is the task of searching out someone to whom you are the sand, and find a way to love them as well.
Sending you love, Christmas greetings, and….. loving success!
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