Kirtan is a very different kind of music. Based on ancient chants, it has the ability to quiet the mind if listened to with intention. Everyone experiences kirtan differently, and it doesn’t have to be a religious experience. You can think of it as a sing-along. A kirtan concert is not your typical concert either. Everyone sits on the floor, although chairs are usually available. The performers are accessible, in fact there’s not much of a distinction between performers & audience. The wallah (leader) sings the mantra , and the audience sings it back. A single chant can go on for up to forty minutes. As you sing with each other you experience a deep connection with the musicians, the other audience members and yourself. And when the music stops, your mind is quiet.
Do you feel on edge, tired, stressed, or frustrated? Meditation is an ancient mind-body practice that promotes relaxation and well-being. Research shows that meditating may have stress-relieving psychological and physical health benefits that include reduced blood pressure, anxiety, insomnia and depression. Additionally, meditation has been shown to reduce the number of times you get the flu or a cold as well as how long and how severe symptoms are.  You may think that learning to meditate effectively is hard or too time consuming, but you really only need a few minutes in your day to practice these simple exercises and feel refreshed.
"But remember, the key word is rest, relaxation. Never go against rest and relaxation. Arrange your life in such a way, drop all futile activity because ninety per cent is futile; it is just for killing time and remaining occupied. Do only the essential and devote your energies more and more to the inner journey. Then that miracle happens when you can remain at rest and in action together, simultaneously. That is the meeting of the sacred and the mundane, the meeting of this world and that, the meeting of materialism and spiritualism."