Transforming Difficult Emotions Through Singing

“The Name repeated with either good or evil intentions, in an angry mood or even while yawning, diffuses joy in all the ten directions.”
~ Tulsidas (1532–1623), Indian poet-saint. (Quote shared by Krishna Das in the jacket cover of his CD, “Greatest Hits of the Kali Yuga.”)

Chanting (singing) has been one of my daily practices for more than fifteen years, and I have been chanting a forty-verse prayer called the Hanuman Chalisa for more than ten years. Each day when I sit down to sing along with a CD by Krishna Das, I acknowledge whatever is present in me in that moment, and then ask for help as needed.

One morning last month I got really triggered by something right before I was going to do my chanting practice. I was in an utterly reactive state, so I wasn’t sure if I was even going to be able to do the practice, but I sat down anyway, feeling angry and depressed. I said a prayer, asking that my difficult emotions could be transformed into love…

Well, it took the entire forty verses for that transformation to happen! This was the first time I had this experience: I chanted the forty verses in a gruff angry non-singing voice with clenched teeth, and felt like I was possessed. And in fact, I was possessed, by my own toxic angry reaction… After chanting the forty verses that way, as I began the after prayers, suddenly I was singing in my normal singing voice! The healing, transformative power of the chants is so miraculous! I felt so incredibly grateful to be softened into love again.

Sometimes when we get angry we have to do the mental work of searching for the root cause and then consciously transforming and releasing the anger through understanding… But sometimes we can just simply sit and sing, allowing the healing sound vibrations to melt the anger into love and joy.

Can you relate to this experience? Have you ever dissolved anger through singing?

May All Beings Be Free of Suffering.
May All Beings Be Happy.

May our singing diffuse joy in all directions!

 

Photo by Annie Spratt on Unsplash.

 

3 Ways to Calm Your Nervous System in Spring

When the Earth energies are revving up in Springtime, it is super important to keep calming your nervous system. In addition to the usual suggestions for healthy food, regular exercise, and good sleep, here are 3 daily practices you can do to help yourself feel calm and grounded in Spring:

1. Go barefoot outside ~ This is one that I am really going to try to do each and every day. Simply go outside barefoot for five minutes! Put your bare feet on grass or soil, not on concrete. Tune in, and see if you can feel any energies coming into the soles of your feet. If there is any sunshine, that is a bonus, but try to do this even if it’s raining (as long as it isn’t too cold).

2. Listen to something soothing ~ Lie on your back for 20-30 minutes and listen to peaceful music or a visualization with guided imagery. Have a listen to my free chakras meditation, and let me know how you like it.

3. Journal at bedtime ~ As per the usual suggestions, turn off your computer and phone at least an hour or two before bedtime. Yes, I know, we have all broken that rule once or twice (wink, wink). After turning off your devices, sit down with your journal or notebook and write for 10-15 minutes. This can help to settle you before bedtime.

I hope these practices are helpful to you. If you have any questions, feel free to comment down below, or send me a private message via the Contact form.

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