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The Spiritual Practice of Chanting: A Reflection

April 15, 2024
By Kelsey Beine


Kelsey Beine is an Associate of the Sisters of St. Agnes. The resources below may be useful as you view and participate with the content of the video.


Jesus, remember me when you come into your kingdom.
Jesus, remember me when you come into your kingdom.

The river is flowing, flowing and growing.
The river is flowing back to the sea.
Mother Earth, carry me. Your child I will always be.
Mother Earth, carry me back to the sea.

Lokah samastah sukinho bhavantu_
[Translation: May all beings everywhere be happy and free.]

Additional Resources:

Chanting: Discovering Spirit in Sound
by Robert Gass

Medicine: Chants for the Modern Mystic
by Fia Forsström
An album of spiritual chants

Veni Sancte Spiritus
by Universal Music France
A Taize Christian chant meaning “Come, Holy Spirit”

Om Namah Shivaya
by Krishna Das
A Hindu chant meaning “I honor the Divine within”

Return Again
by Rabbi Shlomo Carlebach
A Jewish chant

Listen, Listen, Listen
by Lewis David Levin (written by Paramahansa Yogananda)
A trans-denominational chant

Sister Ruth Battaglia says:
April 16, 2024 09:12 AM CST
Thank you! Loved it all!

Friday afternoons at 4:30, a few sisters chant office in the motherhouse chapel. If you would like to join us, let us know.

Patricia Gregory says:
April 19, 2024 12:33 PM CST
Oh Kelsey, thank you so much for this. I was totally unfamiliar with chanting. You explained and demonstrated it beautifully. I practiced it with your wonderful video and found chanting with you to be very enjoyable and uplifting. I felt my spirit was nurtured and I felt calm and cared for. I am truly grateful. May you be showered with many blessings.

Sr. Mary Lou says:
May 18, 2024 08:57 AM CST
LOVED your presentation and found it a most beautiful way to start a day. The bird chorus background as well as outstanding nature backgrounds was SO "in tune". Thank you, Kelsey, for sharing this gift.