Friday, May 18, 2007

Friday Mantra

I'm an equal opportunity music listener. One of the most interesting psychology classes I ever took was on using music to affect and change mood. Often I'll match the music to where I want to go. This week at work was what I call an ER week, one clinical problem after another. Plus I ended up working today when I was supposed to be off. I've embraced chanting as a way to begin to slow down and unwind. I've found various forms from Christianity, Sufi and Buddhist traditions to be especially soothing. There is a quiet beauty in all of them.

Deva Premal & Miten have a series of mantras that are wonderfully evocative. The Gayatri Mantra is haunting:

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