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Resonate: Chanting As Contemplative Practice

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The Hive: A Center for Contemplation, Art, and Action

1662 Blue Rock Street

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Cincinnati, OH 45223

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Facilitated by Paulette Meier.

A three week course on 11/29, 12/6 and 12/13.

Why does singing affect us so deeply in our bodies? How is it that little vibrations originating at our vocal chords expand into waves that catch up our ears and bodies in emotions that run the gambit? This form of body practice is prayer and community all in one. Across time, people have sung and chanted together to lift spirits, to heal suffering, to express praise, to unify souls, and to come closer to the Divine center within. Chanting is chakra opening, and the entrainment of our voices. And chanting together can open us in powerful ways. Chanting brief phrases or texts can also help us store spiritually supportive words into our deep memories, words to draw on in times of spiritual need. Sufi wisdom says that chant is the bridge between sound and silence. In our time together, we will learn and sing chants and simple songs from various traditions, and we will close with a time of silent meditation. Together we will create musical vibrations to nourish and connect our spirits, while also opening to the ground of our being, within.

Paulette Meier is a Quaker, peace educator, and long time singer/songwriter in the movement for peace, justice and the earth. A regular member of the group, "Women Singing in Sacred Circle" (led by Shelley Graff) and more recently with the Threshold Choir, she has acquired a vast repertoire of chants and songs for transformation. She has taught and led chanting at several retreats with wisdom teacher Cynthia Bourgealt, who has helped to promote her CD of original chants entitled: Timeless Quaker Wisdom in Plainsong.

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