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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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

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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