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The Sacred Art of Chant

Preparing to Practice

Ana Hernández

5.5 x 8.5, 192 pp, Paperback
978-1-59473-036-8

           

Open your mind and heart, lift your voice, and discover how
the sacred art of chant can enrich your spiritual life.

Chanting with an intention to open our hearts and minds to the presence of God in us helps us to be quiet in the face of mystery and learn how to hear what it has to say to us…. Chanting is holistic. It will transform you, you will embody the change, and people will notice the new, more grounded you. More important, though, you will notice the new, more grounded you.
—from the Introduction
The Sacred Art of Chant   invites you to use your own voice to create sacred sounds—no matter your religious background or vocal ability. Drawing on chants from several different faith traditions, this invigorating guidebook is ideal for anyone who wants to enliven their prayer experience in a unique way and navigate a path to a conscious relationship with God.
Chant isn’t just about monks or ancient Hindu gurus—this dynamic spiritual art continues to be developed and practiced today. Like other spiritual disciplines, chant can lead to limitless and unexpected benefits. With a steady practice and an open mind, you may find that chant helps you to:
• Cultivate clarity, focus, and compassion in your daily life
• Improve your listening skills
• Raise your energy level
• Improve your receptivity to other people
• Transcend the limits you impose on yourself
• Feel more comfortable in your own skin
• Ultimately, lead a more complete spiritual life
“This is a marvelous touchstone of heart-song for all who feel the spirit singing in prayer, meditation and daily life. Ana Hernández brings the personal powers of chant to light for the neophyte, the curious as well as the monk.”
Don Campbell, musician and author of The Mozart Effect and The Roar of Silence
“One can hardly imagine a more engaging introduction to the practice of chant! Ana Hernández, with honesty, humor and musical expertise, provides the reader with all that is needed to begin immediately to draw upon this spiritual resource.”
Katherine Le Mée, author of Chant and The Benedictine Gift to Music
“This call to practice is indeed inviting.”
Publishers Weekly
“This book about chant is much more than that, and it reads like a letter from a fascinating and unusual friend. I started humming to myself as I read it.”
John McQuiston II, author of Finding Time for the Timeless: Spirituality in the Workweek
“Even if you’re convinced you can’t sing, Hernández’s refreshing and unpretentious book convinces you that you can chant, awakens your wish to do so and shows you how to begin. You won’t be able to resist her joyous invitation to enter with her into the realm of sacred sound and silence.”
Lorraine Kisly, author of Prayer of Fire: Experiencing the Lord’s Prayer and editor in chief of Parabola: The Search for Meaning

About the Art of Spiritual Living Series

Because spirituality is much more than what you think—it’s what you do. Explaining little-known or misunderstood spiritual practices from around the world with clear instructions on how you can do it, too.

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