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Jon Seskevich

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An interview with Jon Seskevich

How did you begin chanting and Kirtan?

Robert Gass and On Wings of Song was based at Spring Hill community north central Massachusetts. I was applying to sing in the chorus. Robert thought a better utilization of my skills was community singing with my harmonium. Soon I was leading monthly kirtans at Spring Hill.

When I moved to North Carolina, I was asked to lead a chanting retreat at Southern Dharma Retreat Center north of Asheville near the border of Tennessee. We simply chanted Om the entire weekend during the day and evening. At the end my friends Mark Smith, Laurie Lindgren and I realized that most of the people attending lived in the Triangle area of NC. So that began an over 20 year free monthly chant-kirtan gatherings in the Raleigh-Durham-Chapel Hill area.

In our group which we called Universal Chanting we had a lot of experience with chants, mantras and spiritual songs from many different traditions. The spirit of our chanting is exuberant, joyous, energetic and reverent. Our repertoire sparkles with chants from the Hindu, Sufi, Christian, Buddhist, and Native American traditions.

Let the power of sound and vibration release you from your worldly concerns and physical discomforts. When we gather together to sing, we are helping each other to find our spiritual paths with this joyous exploration of the heart. Through our voices, we join a stream of consciousness, emotion and devotion that has been flowing for centuries, sharing the joy of making inspirational music together.

What is your BlueGrass Kirtan chanting project?

BlueGrass Kirtan is ancient sacred words in Sanskrit, Latin, and Tibetan chanted with old-time American Appalachian fiddle and banjo tunes. It is chanting that will knock your socks off! This poem by the renowned beat poet Allen Ginsberg has delighted and inspired me as a veritable foreshadowing of the spirit and experience of BlueGrass Kirtan.
“Mantra chanting can be an extension of shaking your ass or raising your voice in joyful exultation, with no fundamentalist associations. It’s sheer joy to sing, a good way to loosen one’s heart in the world.” — Allen Ginsberg (1926-1997)

Living in the Durham-Chapel Hill area of North Carolina, I have enjoyed old-time/bluegrass jam sessions. Listening to the melody of tunes as they repeated in a regular pattern, in my mind, heart, and soul, I began to “hear” a mantra that fit the melody and rhythm. These were the same mantras I had learned during my time of study in the 70’s and 80’s with Ram Dass, noted spiritual teacher, friend of chanting and author of the book Be Here Now.
In 2006, I went to a concert to hear fiddle great AC Bushnell playing with Stillhouse Bottom Band. Afterwards AC and I chatted, discussed this concept and began a fun musical and spiritual collaboration that has culminated in this album! AC who has many rich years of playing, recording, and performing, has brought together wonderfully talented North Carolina musicians for this East-West project. They highlight their skills and artistry with traditional bluegrass instrumental breaks woven throughout the pieces.
There are 4 BlueGrass Kirtans on my Chanting is Universal! Recording:

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The Chinese philosopher Lao Tzu said, Carrying the body and soul and embracing the one, can you avoid separation? This concept of mind, body, and soul is illustrated vividly in this new anthology that explains the elements that are essential for wellness.

  • Original Release Date: August 25, 2016
  • Release Date: August 25, 2016
  • Label: Jon Seskevich
  • Copyright: 2016 Jon Seskevich
  • Total Length: 1:14:53

Jon Seskevich RN, BSN, BA, CHTP is a certified stress management instructor and healing touch practitioner. Since 1987, this pioneer in holistic nursing has successfully integrated therapies that build resiliency at one of the world’s foremost medical centers in Durham, NC.

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Helen Wolfson is a Certified Music Practioner who plays in private homes, residential facilities, and hospitals. Her relaxing music offers healing, solace, pain relief to clients and their families.

Jon Seskevich RN, BSN, BA, CHTP, is a stress-management nurse who works daily with patients in a major medical center in Durham NC. He teaches simple, practical scientifically valid, mind/body approaches for healing and stress management.

One day, Helen and Jon found themselves in the same hospital room and spontaneously worked togethter to create a profound difference in the patient’s attitude. At the end of the session, the patient’s mother asked them if they always worked together. Out of that question, this collaboration began.

Body Relaxation with Hammered Dulcimer combines Helen’s mesmerizing music with Jon’s soothing voice. Sit back, listen and let them dissolve your stress.

BlueGrass Kirtan

“BlueGrass Kirtan” — a  CD featuring Jon Seskevich and fiddle great AC Bushnell combining ancient sacred words in Sanskrit, Latin, and Tibetan chanted with old-time American Appalachian fiddle and banjo tunes. There are 11 cuts on the album, and they are all fantastic!

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Stress Management

by Jon Seskevich RN

Listen to the soothing sound of Jon’s voice, as he shares valuable information about stress management and leads two guided relaxations; Jon teaches how to relax and decrease worry.

Upcoming Events

September 21, 2018

Sharon Salzberg comes to the Triangle

Unity Church of the Triangle
5570 Munford Rd Raleigh, NC
Contact: Jon Seskevich 919 286-1207

Real Love: The Art of Mindful Connection
Friday Sept. 21st
Evening lecture begins at 7:30pm

Whether consciously or unconsciously, we all live our lives searching for a sense of belonging, yet may still find ourselves feeling cut off and alone. What holds us back from connecting with one another or our core emotional strengths? Sharon Salzberg explores the art of mindful connection with ourselves, one another, and with all of life from her new book, Real Love. Topics will include “Is loving ourselves really selfish?” and“How can you love someone if you don’t like them and are committed to fighting their actions. Should you?

Suitable for beginning and experienced students of meditation This evening will include a talk, sit and Q&A.

Friday Evening Talk Tickets in advance $15.00
Day of the event and at the door $20

Finding Balance with Sharon Salzberg

Saturday Sept.22nd
Day long workshop: 9:30am- 4:30pm

Equanimity is about meeting life, no matter what arises, with an open and responsive heart. It is a steadiness of mind and a calm understanding that allows us to be with the constantly changing and shifting landscape of our world. Equanimity does not mean indifference or apathy, rather it is a spaciousness of mind that empowers lovingkindness and compassion and supports them in action.

This is a practice for times of joy (so as to experience it more fully) as well as times of conflict, frustration, and uncertainty. Suitable for both new and experienced meditators, this workshop includes guided meditations, talks and time for questions and answers.

Contact hours for continuing education will be applied for.

Saturday Workshop Tickets in advance: $75.00
At the door $80
Tickets in advance:$90 for both

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