Emptiness Survival Kit. Part 3: Fill The Emptiness. Day 23: Chant Or Sing Your Heart Out.

To fill emptiness (yourself) with light, try chanting. Chanting, also known as kirtan, is a type of sound healing, a powerful practice to release, reset and surrender. I chant when I am worried, scared, stressed or in need of re-centering. You don’t need to know how to sing. In your music app of choice or on Youtube, search for Krishna Das (try Mere Gurudev or Jai Jagadisha Hare), Jahnavi Harrison (try Hare Krishna) or Deva Premal (try Om Mani Padme Hum or Om Shanti Om) and sing your heart out! The lyrics are usually very straightforward (or can be easily looked up) and include Tibetan or Sanskrit mantras, although there are chants in English (like the one above). Or chant with Ram Dass.

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    Emptiness, the void, darkness, nothingness, uncertainty, abyss, existential dread, feeling numb or like “something is missing” are all symptoms of what I call the emptiness practice (also known as “the dark night of the soul”). It is a tough practice. This Emptiness Survival Kit is based on my learnings in the last couple of years and is a summary of key quotes, tips and practices that helped me and I hope help you to get through it. I plan to post daily for a sum total of 42 posts. See you on the other side.

About lolkin

Nomad of the Universe, nobody special, student of Ram Dass. I write about happiness, meaning and spirituality. Buddhist, mystic, bhakti. My book on Love Addiction is out on Amazon now.
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