One stop for all things Jon Seskevich!

One stop for all things Jon Seskevich!
Jon Seskevich

Crystal Coast Unity

Osher Lifelong Learning Institute

The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at Duke seeks to engage the minds, elevate the spirit and foster the wellbeing of our members through a wide range of educational programs and opportunities for volunteer service and social activities. We embrace Duke University’s commitment to community service and lifelong learning through our collaborative work with academic and professional groups, retirement communities, various research projects on aging, and other institutes for learning in retirement. In recent months, OLLI’s efforts to move to program online received national recognition in The New York Times and Next Avenue.

We are a learning community of more than 2,270 members. Some of our members grew up in Durham, but many have moved here from all over the country. OLLI members have a wide range of interests and passions and enjoy attending lectures and performances on campus and online

We offer more than 400 courses annually including economics and public policy, health and wellness, history and literature, and the arts and sciences.

Jon Seskevich
Greetings and Namaste!
Sending everyone love and best wishes. It has been too long since I have been able to come back to North Carolina. Now thanks to the Duke University Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) I will be able to return virtually by teaching in their online Spring Program. My course will be “Navigating Uncertainty.” Registration is open to anyone and begins next week. Here is the write-up on the course. Hope you will consider attending and share this information with anyone you think would appreciate it. Thank you!
“As a pioneering health professional in integrated mind-body approaches and palliative care, the instructor spent 30 years listening to and speaking with people facing major life changes. He learned one of the biggest stressors in life we face is waiting and not knowing. For many, the COVID-19 pandemic has presented the greatest uncertainty of our lives, much waiting and not knowing. At the same time, other stressors, such as changes in health, finances, or lifestyle for ourselves, our family, and our friends, also creates uncertainty. In this course, the instructor will share tools and strategies for navigating uncertainty he crafted from his clinical practice, research, and friendship with Ram Dass. Using lecture, guided practice, and facilitated discussion, participants will learn how to meet uncertainty with a quiet, curious mind and an open heart. Knowing how to navigate waiting and not knowing is key to improving our quality of life at any point in our life’s journey.”
Online – Zoom
Days
4 weeks on Tuesday
Time
3:30 PM to 4:45 PM EST
Dates
May 18, 2021, to Jun 08, 2021
Registration for spring term courses opens at 9:00 am on Tuesday, May 4, for Tuesday courses. 

Crystal Coast Unity Sunday Service 2-28-16

 

Crystal Coast Unity Sunday Service 2-28-16 Jon Seskevich – Compassion In Action Bonus Meditation

Jon at DUMC

Course Description

As a pioneering health professional in integrated mind-body approaches and palliative care, the instructor spent 30 years listening to and speaking with people facing major life changes. He learned one of the biggest stressors in life we face is waiting and not knowing. For many, the COVID-19 pandemic has presented the greatest uncertainty of our lives, much waiting and not knowing. At the same time, other stressors, such as changes in health, finances, or lifestyle for ourselves, our family, and our friends, also creates uncertainty. In this course, the instructor will share tools and strategies for navigating uncertainty he crafted from his clinical practice, research, and friendship with Ram Dass. Using lecture, guided practice, and facilitated discussion, participants will learn how to meet uncertainty with a quiet, curious mind and an open heart. Knowing how to navigate waiting and not knowing is key to improving our quality of life at any point in our journey. | Facilitated discussion

Jon Seskevich, RN, helped create the Duke Hospital Stress Management Consult Team. He is a lifelong student of meditation and a practitioner of mind-body medicine, nursing, and healing. He has been devoted to helping people skillfully navigate the sufferings and joys of life, right up to their last breath. Ram Dass has written, “Jon is truly a brilliant example of compassion in action.”

 

Enroll Now – (button below) 3277 – 001 Expand or collapse 3277 – 001 Spring 2021 Virtual Classroom Future Offering (Opens May 04, 2021)

 

Section Title
Navigating Uncertainty
Type
Online – Zoom
Days
Tuesdays
Time
3:30PM to 4:45PM
Dates
May 18, 2021 to Jun 08, 2021

Monarch Butterfly on flower by chi girls

Nina Rao says:

Our friend Jon Seskevich has poured his heart, soul, voice, and energy into this offering and the Hanuman Chalisa not written in the Indian avadhi language but the English translation-interpretation. 🌺

Neem Karoli Baba
Neem Karoli Baba
Sri Siddhi Ma and Ram Dass
Jon Worshiping at Maharajji
Ram Dass and Jon
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Neem Karoli Baba Kainchi Color 5
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Hanuman statue and Ganesha,
Neem Karoli Babi
Hanuman with Sunlight
Hanuman
NKB and Hanuman side by Side image for Hanuman Chalisa 40 Day Challenge
Hanuman-New-Madir

 

Maharaj Ji’s English Hanuman Chalisa by Vasu Jon Seskevich (sung slow).

 

English Hanuman Chalisa words below.
Maharaj-Ji, Neem Karoli Baba, planted a seed in 1971 that bears fruit in this video. This is an exploration of the beloved Hindu prayer the Hanuman Chalisa through an English translation he requested.  Here Jon Vasu Seskevich shares a 6 month Yatra, (spiritual journey), with the extended practice of this great mantra that is said to have the power to change fate. Satsang friends Ram Govinda & Kripa contributed all through the Yatra, & the making of this video. Neem Karoli Baba Kee JAI. Hanuman Chalisa by Tulsidas. Forty verses in praise of Śrī Hanumān. English translation by Sadhu Ramdas Lamb at Neem Karoli Baba’s request in Vrindavan 1971 The radiant form of the son of the wind eliminates all causes of afflictions. With the pollen of the Guru’s lotus feet, I cleanse the mirror of my heart and sing the pure virtues of Lord Raghuvir, the bestower of life’s four fruits. Knowing this body to be lacking in wisdom, I meditate on the Wind God’s son. Give me strength, wisdom, and intelligence, remove my faults and afflictions. Hail the refuge of the feet of Sita and Ram
1) Hail Hanuman, ocean of wisdom and virtue, the awakener of three worlds, Monkey lord Hail to you.
2) Unmatched in power, the messenger of Ram, Anjani’s offspring, the Wind God’s son.
3) Valiant Mahavir, body like lightning, dispeller of ignorance, inspires good thinking.
4) Golden colored body, clothing so fair, with rings in your ears, and very curly hair.
5) Lightning bolt in one hand, banner in the other, sacred grass thread worn across your shoulder.
6) Avatar of Shiva, Kesari’s delighter, your radiant glory is adored the world over.
7) Storehouse of knowledge, virtuous and clever, absorbed in Ram’s work, tiring never.
8) Ever immersed in the stories of Sri Ram, you’re present in the heart of Sita, Ram, Lakshman.
9) Donning a minute form, you appeared to Sita, then in giant form, you burned down Lanka.
10) Mightily destroying demons everyone, ever fulfilling the work of Lord Ram.
11) Bringing sacred herb to revive Lakshman, you received a joyous embrace from mighty Sri Ram.
12) Raghupati lovingly extolled your merit, saying, “You’re as dear to me as brother Bharat.”
13) It would take a thousand mouths to sing your praises, saying so Lord Ram held you in his embrace.
14) Sanaka, all sages, and even Lord Brahma, Narada, Sarada, along with Ahisha.
15) Yama, Kubera, and others try to praise you. How can a poet ever hope to describe you?
16) Doing for Sugriva a very great thing, you brought Ram to him who made him a king.
17) Vibhishan listened closely to your word, became Lord of Lanka, known throughout the world.
18) Traveling many miles, you went to the sun, thinking it a fruit to eat when you were young.
19) Holding in your mouth Lord Ram’s precious ring, you sailed across the sea which is not at all surprising.
20) Difficult work wherever it may be, by your kind blessings is done so easily.
21) At the door of Ram, you are the guardsman, no one can enter without your permission.
22) All joy is gained by those in your shelter. What is there to fear when you are protector?
23) Such is your power only you can handle, hearing your roar the three worlds tremble.
24) Ghosts & evil spirits can never come near, to one who repeats the name of Mahavir.
25) All illness is dispelled, and suffering is gone, by constant repetition of thy name, Hanuman.
26) By Hanuman’s grace from all troubles freed, for those who remember you in thought, word, and deed.
27) Greatest of all is Ascetic King Ram. All of whose works you have easily done.
28) Whoever comes to you with any desire, receives the highest fruit of eternal nectar.
29) In all four ages your glory is sung. Your fame enlightens the whole of creation.
30) For Saints and Sages, you are protector, beloved of Ram, demon’s destroyer.
31) You can bestow all perfections and power; the boon was given to you by Janaki’s Mother.
32) You know the essence of devotion to Ram; in his service, you will ever remain.
33) By devotion to you the Lord is attained, freedom from lifetimes of suffering is gained.
34) At the time of death, the Lord’s abode is won, any rebirth will be of pure devotion.
35) Remembering any other deity is needless, devotion to Hanuman brings all joy and bliss.
36) Sufferings are dispelled, rebirth cycle cut, for those who remember almighty Hanumat.
37) Lord of my senses, Hanuman hail to you! Bestow thy grace as does the Guru.
38) For those who sing this, one hundred times, all bonds are broken, the highest joy they find.
39) For those who read the Hanuman Chalisa, perfection is attained, the witness is Shiva.
40) Tulsidas, the eternal servant of the Lord, prays, “Make my heart, Lord, thy abode.” Son of the Wind God, dispeller of distress, most auspicious in form, with Sita, Ram, and Lakshman, please make my heart into your home. The radiant form of the son of the wind eliminates all causes of afflictions.

 

 

 

Jon Vasu singing for One Mantra’s Day of Sri Ram & Hanumanji

 

Namaste, Tonight I sang for the One Mantra 24 hours of Hanuman Chalisa. I begin with the Sri Ram mantra taught me by Ram Dass. And two Hanuman Chalisa, I call Hanuman’s Ode to Joy, and the Purple Hanuman Chalisa. Thanks, for checking out this joyful Hindi rendition. Healing prayers for the Indian people.

Jon Vasu

Touching Pain with Love

 

My friends and Ram Dass brothers at Kripa and Mahesh Das made a short video about a jewel of caregiving:
Touching Pain with Love.

Vasu Jon Seskevich is a huge inspiration to Kripa. He has dedicated his life to service, and the fruits of this radiate through his kind and gentle being. Sitaram Dass made this video as a testament to our love for him. Here Vasu discusses the wisdom learned from his career as a nurse specializing in mind/body medicine and holistic pain and stress management. The talk and music are used by permission from the podcast by Mahesh Das Nick Filth, “Polishing the Black Stone.” Listen to the full audio here: https://www.stitcher.com/podcast/poli…

Tracy Berger, left, a Duke marriage and family therapist, meditates with Jon Seskevich, right, a Duke Hospital nurse clinician, during a meditation session in the Duke Cancer Center's Quiet Room. Photo by April Dudash
Jon Seskevich teaching Soft Belly Breathing Meditation to a patient at DUMC

Old news story about Duke Medicine, a leader in Mind/Body Medicine. Jon performs Healing Touch

Casey Cloninger shares about pain-relieving benefits from his Healing Touch sessions at Duke University Lung Transplant Clinic in the late 1990s with Jon Seskevich. Dr. Ralph Snyderman, Dr. Harold Koenig, Laura Blue, Ruth Hamilton, and others are seen in this national news story from the end of the century.

  

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Contact Jon

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  Hanuman Chalisa in Neem Karoli Baba’s Temple in Kainchi, India.
Jon in India 10-2018

Jon in India October 2018

At Hollywood Bowl, enjoying Dead and Company — in Los Angeles, California. June 04, 2019

From yogambience on Instagram (Anjaneya Das) Jon Seskevich AKA Jon Vasu Seskevich (vasuji108), Anjaneya Das and friends at Hanuman Temple, Taos NM. Taos pizza crew ki jai! W @vasuji108 @moonmuffin_smiley and Linda (no handle 😭)
Nurses for Biden from VASU
Jon with Raghu Markus

Jon “Vasu” with Raghu Markus

Raghvindra Das/Mitchell Markus, Executive Director of Love Serve Remember Foundation

The Love Serve Remember Foundation is dedicated to preserving and continuing the teachings of Neem Karoli Baba and Ram Dass. The foundation facilitates the continuation of these teachings through online courses, blog content, films, podcasts, social network channels, and collaborative projects with conscious artists and musicians.

Raghu Markus spent two years in India with Maharaji and Ram Dass. He has been involved in music and transformational media since the early 1970s when he was the program director of CKGM-FM in Montreal. In 1974 he collaborated with Ram Dass on the box set Love Serve Remember. In 1990 he launched Triloka Records and Karuna Music in Los Angeles, California. Triloka established itself as a critical leader in the development of world music and for 17 years was home to such artists as Krishna Das, Hugh Masekela, Walela, Jai Uttal, and transformational media projects that featured Ram Dass, Deepak Chopra, and Les Nubians. He owns Yatra Media and lives in Ojai, CA.

 

Episode 41: Jon “Vasu” Seskevich

Jon “Vasu” Seskevich is a Great 100 in NC Nursing award winner in 2005-06″] , was nominated for the Fetzer Foundation Norman Cousin’s Mind/Body Medicine Award in 1996. In 1998 he received the Friends’ of Nursing, “Excellence in Nursing Practice” award, and the “Alumnus of the Year” award from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, School of Nursing, Alumni Association in 1997.Jon has given over 300 presentations, lectures, workshops and classes that teach stress reduction, mind-body, and complementary therapies to hospital patients, health care professionals, community and church groups, and high-school and college students. He is founder and president of the Flying Monkey Programs, which sponsors mind-body-spirit educational workshops and seminars in North Carolina. All of Jon’s programs are designed to help nurses, doctors, health care professionals, and peacemakers deliver more compassionate care to patients, families and communities.

Jon is a Certified Practitioner of Healing Touch therapy and is responsible for bringing this healing therapy to North Carolina through more than twenty workshops and seminars in the early 1990’s.

Jon began his own meditation practice in 1972. In 1975, at age 23, he started his training as a teacher of meditation and healing under the mentorship of meditation expert, psychologist, spiritual teacher and writer, Ram Dass (Richard Alpert, Ph.D.), who wrote about Jon in 1996:

“His recognition of the need for both a spiritual dimension in healing work and grounded, responsible social action in spiritual work have defined his career in nursing. To that career he has brought a creative energy for integrating, in mind-body healing, meditative practices with stress reduction, healing touch with traditional nursing practices and a spiritual perspective for patients facing traumatic illness.”

“The integration of spiritual dimensions in his work is very personal for Jon. His own inner work takes the form of being fully present for both patients and fellow staff members, and offering a very warm, heart-full human dimension to what are too often impersonal medical procedures.”

“Jon is truly a brilliant example of compassion in action. He not only serves his patient community, but seems tireless in his willingness to share and teach, and to explore innovative techniques for humanizing nursing for nurses and patients alike.” Ram Dass (Richard Alpert, Ph.D.)

Who is Jon Seskevich RN, BSN, BA, CHTP

Seskevich was a nurse clinician at
Duke University Medical Center in Durham, NC. Since
1990 this trail-blazer in mind-body and mind-body-
spirit healing modalities provided a highly regarded
inpatient stress and pain management education and
consultation service. He worked throughout the
medical center with patients who have complex and
challenging health conditions. During his career at the
hospital, Jon also served as a resource for staff in
dealing with the challenges inherent in the health care
world of today.

Jon is an entertaining, insightful, and inspiring
speaker and is widely recognized as a leader in the
education of stress management, relaxation
techniques, building resiliency, mind-body, and other
holistic therapies to health care professionals, hospital
patients, community, church groups, and college
students. Throughout the years he has provided over
400 presentations, lectures, workshops and classes.
Jon is a Certified Practitioner of Healing Touch
therapy and is responsible for bringing this touch
therapy to North Carolina through more than twenty
workshops and seminars in the early 1990’s.
Jon has received quite a few recognitions over the
course of his career.

This Tar Heel grad, recently received a Duke Blue Devil of the week award!
He has received a Great 100 in NC Nursing award in
2006. In 1998 he received the Friends’ of Nursing,
“Excellence in Nursing Practice” award, and the
“Alumnus of the Year” award from the University of
North Carolina at Chapel Hill, School of Nursing,
Alumni Association in 1997. Back in 1996, Kevin
Sowers nominated him for the prestigious Fetzer
Foundation Norman Cousin’s Mind/Body Medicine
Award. (link to request a presentation page)
Jon began his own meditation practice in 1972. In
1975, at age 23, he started his training as a teacher of
meditation and healing under the mentorship of the
meditation expert, psychologist, spiritual teacher and
writer, Ram Dass (Richard Alpert, Ph.D.), who wrote
about Jon in 1996:

“His recognition of the need for both a spiritual
dimension in healing work and grounded, responsible
social action in spiritual work have defined his career
in nursing. To that career he has brought a creative
energy for integrating, in mind-body healing,
meditative practices with stress reduction, healing
touch with traditional nursing practices and a spiritual
perspective for patients facing traumatic illness.

“The integration of spiritual dimensions in his work is very personal for Jon. His own inner work takes the
form of being fully present for both patients and fellow
staff members, and offering a very warm, heart-full
human dimension to what are too often impersonal
medical procedures.”

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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 ’70s and ’80s with Ram Dass, noted spiritual teacher, a 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. Afterward, 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.

 

Dear Friends, Greetings and Namaste,
 
I am making a big move in life and wanted to share with you all here on my email list. After almost 37 years of living in Durham, being a nurse, a friend, making music, organizing healing/spiritual programs and events to happen; I am in the process of re-locating to Ojai, California. I will be leaving Durham March 7th
 
For over a year, i have known, when I stopped working at the hospital i would have to make a move. I considered many places. The possibility of moving to California, i thought was unrealistic. With research, i found out it is realistic, and feeling a spiritual green light, go energy; I am uprooting from practically living in the same neighborhood forever and moving to California. I will be attending this Ram Dass Legacy Retreat soon after moving to my new home town.
 
What i have wanted to do with this email list and earlier snail mail list earlier was to bring Ram Dass and friends of Ram Dass to North Carolina. Another goal was to have events and share information, to support caregivers and peacemakers so you can deliver more compassionalte care, to patients, families, communities, your family, and yourself! So many people have helped over the years! Without your help all this would not have happened. Thank you!
 
As you might imagine i am very much out of practice for moving and leaving so many friends and connections is not easy. So I am in that process now receiving and sharing loving awareness with so many. Know please you are in my heart, and i wish you all the best of wishes for a future, full of contentment and loving awareness! 
 
I will stay in touch for sure, I will continue to share info about Ram Dass’ friend, Sharon Salzberg’s June retreat in NC and possibly more in the future. Due to an unexpected illness, Sharon’s events have been canceled to Mid-May 2019. Here is more information from her website. She is still planning on leading the Loving Kindness Retreat at Art of Living in Boone, NC.
 
All my best wishes, Jon Seskevich
 
 
Pacific Ocean by Vasu beach near Ojai home of Jon

Jon Seskevich’s CDs and Books

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.

[showhide]This exciting new edition features well-known health experts, speakers, and authors. Barbara Ford-Latty, RN, MA joins Dr. John Gray (Men Are From Mars, Women Are From Venus), Dr. Earl Mindell (The Vitamin Bible), and Dr. Norman Rosenthal (The Emotional Revolution) in offering up-to-date information on energy, holism, nutrition, relationships, aging and more. With so much information widely available, this book offers clear, insightful explanations of the essentials of well-being as well as guides for a more enriching, purposeful life.

These experts answer questions such as:
Why is the relationship between you and your healthcare practitioner so important?
What are GMOs and how do they affect us?
What is energy medicine?
What is holism and why is it important?
Why do we need to spend more time outside?
In my busy life, what are some convenient ideas I can use to get healthier?

Ford-Latty is an educator, author, and the director of Haelen Health, an integrative health collaborative, specializing in energy therapy.

  • 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.

Price:  $10 + $2.00 Shipping

 

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!

Price $10.00 plus shipping

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What Happens When You Mix Kirtan and Bluegrass Music?
BlueGrass Kirtan!

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! Check out these videos…

“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)

This poem by the renowned beat poet skeleton Allen Ginsberg has delighted and inspired me as a veritable foreshadowing of the spirit and experience of BlueGrass Kirtan.

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. [/showhide]

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.

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