Many thousands of years ago, when ancient sages entered the deepest state of silence, they experienced a sound which they called the “sound of silence”. They realised that the closest sound to this silence, which a human body’s vocal system can produce, is the sound of OM.
OM chanting is a journey from the gross to subtle, and ultimately to the subtlest aspect of reality. It is a journey from a noisy mind to a still mind. It is movement from doing to non-doing. It is a movement towards stillness and it is an art of turning the gaze inward.
In this half day workshop, we will experience for ourselves the meaning and significance of the mantra OM and how it can take us to a deep space of inner stillness, which is amplified in the collective presence of each other.
Following these powerful meditations, we will share uplifting kirtans with musicians who have travelled deeply with sound. Kirtans are the arrangement of mantras set to musical notes and rhythms to invoke deep feelings in us of pure divine love, celebration, remembrance, gratitude.
Through kirtan we can guide our awareness to a place that is quiet and still.
Each time our wandering minds come back to the mantra, we take a step towards our inner self, to find new meaning, new dimensions, new experiences and a new colour to life.
Sonya is a commercial property lawyer, yoga teacher and percussionist in kirtans.
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