Chanting affects the areas of the brain that create our sense of where our body ends and the world begins. It also slows and steadies breathing, producing hormone and neurological changes in the body that feel simultaneously calming and thrilling.
Chanting Sanskrit mantras is one of the world’s oldest means of finding bliss. From the perspective of Eastern philosophy, the bliss we are seeking is already inside of us. Modern science agrees. Bliss is a chemical state that the body itself produces, and that we are apparently hard-wired to seek.
In this experiential workshop, you will explore the ecstasy of kirtan, a form of call and response chanting, and examine the neurochemistry of the changes in consciousness it produces. The workshop includes participatory musical experiences, as well as presentations and discussions of how music influences and alters our perceptions, mind, and spirit. When you participate in Kirtan, your sense of separation diminishes and your feeling of connection to source increases. You feel somehow intimate with all the strangers surrounding you, supremely centered, and vividly alive.