The Hartley Film Foundation is pleased to offer these uplifting audio meditations:
If you are seeking inspiration, tune into a very uplifting gospel CD entitled Blessed, which is performed by the Soweto Gospel Choir. Southern African gospel music incorporates vocals with background drums and Blessed reflects that tradition along with the western church styles of music absorbed by the African culture.
Three revered Cantors gather in Amsterdam's historic, 17th century Portuguese synagogue to record this moving and magnificent audio collection of prayers, liturgy and traditional Yiddish folk and theatrical songs. The tenors travel in song back to the times when a Cantor was considered a Messenger of God.
Narrated by James FinleyWith respect for all faiths, James Finley, a former Trappist monk at the Abbey of Gesthemani in Kentucky, takes the listener in this 6-CD set on what is essentially an audio retreat that highlights the fundamental practices at the heart of Christian meditative traditions.
Chants under the musical direction of Michael FitzpatrickIn Kentucky, Abbey of Gesthemani Benedictine Monks and Drepung Loseling Monks descend into Mammoth Cave, the largest cave system in the world, and gather at the Furnace Mountain Zen Temple and the Abbey of Gethsemani to record authentic chants from their religious traditions.
This 62-CD set of the King James Version of the Complete Audio Holy Bible features two of the best-known liturgical narrators, Alexander Scourby (Old Testament) and James Earl Jones (New Testament). Listeners are calling this audio meditation "the ultimate expression of the ultimate classic."
An audio meditation by Thich Nhat Hanh and Sister Chan KhongThich Nhat Hanh, Zen master in the Vietnamese tradition, scholar, poet and peace activist, says that his heart "is cooled by drops of emptiness." He and Sister Chan Khong, with the Monks and Nuns of Plum Village, which he founded, give the gifts of meditative poetry, chanting and solace to all listeners of this CD.
Graceful Passages is a two CD-set that offers anticipatory guidance to those facing death themselves or the death of a loved one. Experts on loss and transition such as Dr. Elisabeth Kubler-Ross, Thich Nhat Hanh and Ram Dass speak to themes of letting go, closure, giving and receiving love, forgiveness, appreciation of life and continuity of spirit. Their delivery is enhanced by music created to provide an opportunity for listeners to both relax and to feel supported in contemplating the gift of simply being alive. A giftbook of meditations on life's transitions is included in the two-CD set.
The Indian cultures of the Americas are reflected in the audio meditation In Beauty I Walk, recordings of Native American flutes, panpipes and ocarinas. This compilation of Coyote Oldham recordings beautifully projects the sounds of these ancient wind instruments filtered through electronic sound design.