Eve Decker Dharma Musician and Teacher

Fourth Song on IN: Chants of Mindfulness and Compassion – My Grateful Heart

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My Grateful Heart The fourth song on the new CD, “IN: Chants of Mindfulness and Compassion”, is called My Grateful Heart. It was written by Laura Fannon, a member of the Threshold Choir (groups of mostly women who sing at the bedsides of the dying). The words go like this: My grateful heart, so filled with years of living Memories flow by me, like petals on a stream My grateful heart, forgives so many sorrows Brings peace that lasts forever Illuminates the dream   Dr. Fred Luskin, founder of the…read more

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Third Song on IN: Chants of Mindfulness and Compassion – May We

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Third Chant on IN: Chants of Mindfulness and Compassion – May We When I began learning the Buddhist lovingkindness phrases, sometime in the early  1990’s, I was initially taught these basic phrases: May you be safe May you be happy May you be healthy May you be at ease I learned that we send them to different categories of people. First ourselves, then a benefactor, then a friend, then a neutral person, then a difficult person, then all beings. The idea, in sending these phrases over and over again to…read more

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Second Song on IN: Chants of Mindfulness and Compassion – I Have Arrived

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Second Chant on “IN: Chants of Mindfulness and Compassion” – I Have Arrived “I have arrived. I am home. In the here and in the now. I am solid, I am free. In the ultimate I dwell” – Thich Nhat Hanh This teaching from Thich Nhat Hanh, put to music by a friend of mine, Betsy Rose (www. Betsyrosemusic.org), speaks to what wonderful thing can and does happen when we take the time to learn and practice mindfulness. Mindfulness is the practice of directing the mind away from thought and…read more

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First song on the Chant CD: Pali Metta (Lovingkindness)

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First song on IN: Chants of Mindfulness and Compassion: Pali Metta Chant This chant is written in Pali, the language that was spoken in north India at the time the Buddha was alive. Pali is not spoken by regular folks anymore, but the language has been kept alive by Buddhist monastics. Sabe Sata Sukhi Hontu translates to “May all beings be happy”. Buddhists have been chanting this simple phrase for more than 2,500 years. To me, this chant is a wonderful, wonderful practice in intention. It sets a direction for our hearts…read more

Self Compassion

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Hi from Eve! This blog post is on the topic of self compassion – a conscious practice that can really change how we relate to our own pain, and bring a lot of peace. How can self compassion help us? The literal translation from Latin of the word compassion is ‘to suffer with’. I understand this to mean that when we are in a place of compassion, we have the courage to stay present with suffering (rather than deny it, minimize it, or avoid it). There is an inherent kindness…read more

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Importance of Intention in Self Love

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“One who truly cares for themselves could never harm another.” – the Buddha “With our thoughts we make the world” – the Buddha Deciding to love yourself, rather than waiting for it to happen when you have become some marvelous person you hope to be one day, is a key part of well being. Loving yourself as you are now, warts and all. “What?!? “  -shouts the inner critic- “I am not deserving of my own constant love and care. I must be tormented and scolded, or I will sink…read more

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Safe Person Tool

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There are many tools we can use to achieve unconditional self love; mindfulness and lovingkindness practices are primary in Buddhist philosophy. I will be posting here about those and many other means I use and teach to move toward inner and outer peace. In this blog entry my topic is ‘safe person’. Please feel welcome to comment about this post and about your own practices to help you with self acceptance. Last night my friend Shahara Godfrey and I taught about compassion and lovingkindess, particularly as they apply to our…read more

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