Sound Vibrations

While I was at Kripalu I was able to check off another item from my 30 Before 30 list: #8 Attend a kirtan.

A kirtan is a group call-and-response event where sanskrit mantras are chanted together. A mantra is a word, or group of words that are used to focus and calm the mind. Sanskrit is an ancient Indian language that’s not commonly spoken. The point of a kirtan is to focus on the mantra and forget about everything else. It’s a form of meditation. Read all about it here or here.

It was such a positive and uplifting experience that I wanted to take a piece of it home with me so I bought the cd. I’ve been listening to it (and singing along) whenever I’m in traffic. Now that’s not to say that it’s made me enjoy gridlock, but at least I don’t I feel like I’m wasting my time.  

Holding me off until the next kirtan!

30 Before 30

  1. Run a 5k
  2. Simplify my living space and clear out the clutter
  3. Eat local for one week
  4. Do a headstand without the wall
  5. Go one full day without talking, texting, emailing, or facebook
  6. Complete 21 days of meditation
  7. Travel without a plan
  8. Attend a kirtan
  9. Do a cleanse
  10. Learn how to change a tire
  11. Work on a farm for a day
  12. Become CPR certified
  13. Learn how to make one kick-ass vegan recipe to bring to parties
  14. Find a charity to believe in and support
  15. Eat in for one week
  16. Learn more about prenatal yoga
  17. Sew an article of clothing and wear it
  18. Try zumba
  19. Go on a 15+ mile bike ride
  20. Attend a yoga festival
  21. Eat vegan for one week
  22. Read another translation of the Yoga Sutras
  23. Study Spanish and stick with it
  24. Hold crow pose for five breaths
  25. Write a handwritten heartfelt letter once a week for 10 weeks
  26. Master a homemade chai recipe
  27. Go on a solo hike
  28. Celebrate the seasons
  29. Attend a kundalini yoga class
  30. Make my own beauty products

Comments

  1. says

    If there’s anyplace to participate in a kirtan, it’s certainly Kripalu! I’m hoping to attend my first this fall; we did mini-kirtans at my YTT at Kripalu, but this will be my first full-length one.

  2. Steph says

    I love your list! I have a group of friends who run some 5ks together, we are doing a few soon if you want to join in!

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