Jon Seskevich

Recording Artist, Public Figure

Contact Jon

ram1008@hotmail.com

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.

Jon Seskevich’s CDs and Books

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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.

[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.

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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!

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.

Events

Upcoming 2019 Events

Nina Rao Chant‎New York City: Chanting 108 Hanuman Chalisas and Livestream Nina Rao Chanting event New York City: Chanting 108 Hanuman Chalisas and Livestream

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New York City: Chanting 108 Hanuman Chalisas and Livestream
 
Public · Hosted by Nina Rao Chant and Ambika Chant
 
Tuesday, January 1, 2019 at 8 AM – 7 PM
Next Week · 36–45°F Cloudy
 
Tibet House US
22 W 15th St, New York, New York 10011
 
Nina Roa Website
 

 

March 06-17

A Himalayan Mantra

2019 Jon Seskevich Sponsored or Co-Sponsored Events

Himalayan Yoga Yatra

This year I attended this retreat. It was such a special, supportive, safe way to travel to India to have the special blessing of the places Ram Dass traveled during his spiritual quest. Here is the announcement From Saraswati for this coming March’s Yatra.

Join us for a deeply peaceful and heart-centering retreat in an exquisite Himalayan valley Ashram. We will immerse ourselves in meditation, Seva, kirtan, yoga, with daily dharma talks and guided tours to Maharaji’s (Neem Karoli Baba’s) temples and holy sites. Accommodations are simple and lovely, with delicious vegetarian food, all set amidst breathtaking Himalayan views.

The essence of the mystics still permeates these hills and if you listen quietly you can hear them. Namaste.

Call us at 1-800-215-5020 or saraswati@nourishingife.com

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Lovingkindness Retreat with Sharon Salzberg: Find Peace with an Open and Loving Heart

Starts: Jun 21, 2019 03:00 PM Ends: Jun 23, 2019 12:00 PM

Sharon Salzberg is among the world’s leading lovingkindness meditation teachers and will be joining us in the tranquility of the Blue Ridge Mountains to share her profound and insightful teachings. It’s a unique opportunity to gain an experiential understanding of how to incorporate loving kindness into your life with the guidance and support of an expert.

For more info: Andrew Keaveney andrew@aolrc.org Or

https://artoflivingretreatcenter.org/event/lovingkindness-retreat/

Explore Your Heart with Community
 

Ram Dass Satsang Meet Up
Saturday Jan. 26th, 2019 2p-4:30pm

Unity of the Triangle
5570 Munford Rd. Raleigh, NC

All are welcome. No charge.

 


 

Ram Dass and Mirabai Bush’s new book will be the focus of our next meeting. Walking Each Other Home Conversations On Living & Dying

Ram Dass and Mirabai Bush share a conversation about how death brings us to the edge of awakening and how we can use the power of love to transform our perception of fear through an open heart.
No charge, donations accepted.
 

Walking Home

Walking Home