Join us each month for a time of gentle chanting and singing alternating with silence. Songs are taught as we go and all are welcome.
First Thursdays, 7:00-8:30 p.m.
Unitarian Universalist Community of the Mountains
246 Church Street, Grass Valley
Singing Meditation is an interfaith spiritual practice in which sound and shared silence alternate in a deepening rhythm. Rather than a rehearsal for a performance, this is singing in the present moment for the purpose of facilitating transcendent connection – your connection with the others in the circle, with your own inner core of guidance, of your heart and spirit, your connection with G_d, the Divine, the Spirit of Life….
You are encouraged to participate fully in this practice in the ways that feel right to you, with the understandings that have integrity for you.
Singing Meditation may include toning, chanting, singing in rounds and singing in harmony. There may be a short reading or two during the gathering. The music and words are drawn from a variety of religious traditions, and you may have songs and ideas to bring to the circle.
The facilitator or designated person introduces a song, sometimes by playing the vocal line on the piano, then the group sings the song repeatedly. Know that the facilitator will not specify how many times the song will be sung – the group will together ride the wave of the singing as needed, until eventually the group spontaneously dissolves into silence.
The silent periods between songs will last 2–5 minutes and may be used for prayer, contemplation, or meditation. Please hold the shared silence, knowing that the silence is a part of the song itself. The ringing of a bell or finger cymbals will mark the end of the silence, and a new song will begin…
The Singing Meditation Circle is open to all.
We will be glad for your presence, your voice, your heart, your spirit.
If you have any questions, please see the facilitator after the session,
or contact Rev. Kevin Tarsa (firstname.lastname@example.org or 274-1661)