Turn, Return, and Be Turned: Hashiveynu

Hashiveynu Yah elecha v’nashuva
Turn_Hebrew
Now let us turn, return and be turned (3X)
To the One! (Lamentations 5:21)

With this practice, we explore three aspects of T’shuvah. How do we turn away from that which is draining us of Life-force, and turn towards that which Life-giving? How do we return to a sense of belonging, authenticity and connection to the whole of Creation? How do we surrender to the Great Mystery that is holding us, transforming us and loving us unconditionally?

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To download the PDF file for this chant, click Turn, Return, and BeTurned PDF.

Taste and See!: Ta’amu

Ta’amu u’r’u ki tov Havayah
Taste and See in Hebrew
Taste and see that God is Good! (Psalm 34:9)

When I enter into the sensibility of reverence and assume an ultimate meaning to the flow of my life, I am rewarded with this Divine Goodness. When I follow my intuitions that a great beauty is hidden just beneath the surface, and I dive into that Mystery, I am gifted with a direct experience of the Oneness. But I must enter; I must dive; I must take the risk. This Psalm invites me to take that leap of Faith. It says, “Don’t believe me; see for yourself!” I am invited to go for it, to fully taste this moment of Life, and then to trust my own experience.

In this chant I pronounce the YHVH unpronounceable name of God with the Hasidic term HaVaYaH, a term that incorporates the 4 letters of God’s name and also suggests BEING itself.

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To download the PDF file for this chant, click Taste and See! PDF.

Resilience: Im aylech

Im aylech b’kerev tzarah, t’chayayni
Resilience text in Hebrew
Even when I walk in the midst of trouble,
you are giving me Life. (Psalm 138:7)

As I cultivate resilience, I meet the obstacles of reactivity, overwhelm, alienation, despair and feeling cut off from my Source. With this practice, I first acknowledge, with compassion, the difficulties of Life. Then I open to the help that is available in each moment — the unseen possibilities of renewal. When I activate my imagination, the possibilities of joy, curiosity, insight, and a wider perspective are revealed moment by moment and then I simply open to them. In that moment of opening, I let go of my story; I become curious; I connect with inner and outer resources that were always there; I reignite my enthusiasm for the journey.

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To download the PDF file for this chant, click Resilience PDF.

All Love: Kulam Ahuvim

Kulam Ahuvim, Kulam B’rurim, Kulam Giborim
Hebrew text for All Love chant
All Love, All Clarity, All Power
(from the Kedusha of Yotzer in our Shachrit liturgy)

The Kedusha is a prayer recited three times in three variations in our morning liturgy. It was created by the Merkava mystics to help us ascend to the angelic realms and remember our own true identity as chariots of the Divine Presence. The Kedusha describes and invokes the angels who are calling to each other. With this practice, we become those angels as we rise above the illusions of limited perspective and enter the truth of our love, clarity and power.

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To download the PDF file for this chant, click All Love PDF.

Healer to the Broken-Hearted: Harofay

Harofay Lish’vuray Lev, u’m’chabaysh l’atzvotam
Hebrew for Healer chant
Oh Healer to the Broken-hearted, you bind up our wounds. (Psalm 147:3)

With this practice, we invoke the Divine Force of wholeness and allow our own broken hearts and the broken heart of the world to be held within that loving, accepting and healing embrace.

To hear the various parts of the chant, use the audio players. To download a part, right-click a note and save (or download) the linked MP3 file.

To download the PDF file for this chant, click Healer to the Broken-Hearted PDF.