Chanting can reduce anxiety and depression, balance our hormones and boost our immune system.  Chanting quiets the mind and allows us to feel a deeper connection to self and the world around us.

Below is an excerpt of an article that details many great reasons to consider chanting as part of your daily self care program.

10 Reasons to Chant: On the Benefits of Mantra Meditation

by Donna Quesada, March 21, 2011

#1: The Benefit: Reduces Anxiety and Depression... The Technology: By combining sound, breath and rhythm, mantra meditation channels the flow of energy through the mind-body circuit, adjusting the chemical composition of our internal states and regulating brain-hemisphere imbalances, contributing to a natural abatement of fear and despair–emotions that underlie both of these common afflictions. By balancing the nervous system, chanting regulates the chronic stress and tension that is the norm for many people in today’s hyper-stimulated lifestyle. And by balancing the endocrine system, chanting normalizes hormone production, which balances our moods and overall sense of well-being....

#5: The Benefit: Boosts Immunity   The Technology: It’s all about the hypothalamus. The control tower of the brain, it regulates communication between the nervous system and the endocrine system, taking in information from the entire body, before transmitting outward again, via chemical messengers. These couriers, such as serotonin and dopamine, are known as the “happiness hormones,” due to the impact they have on our moods. The hypothalamus is Office in Charge of many bodily functions we tend to think of as automatic, like temperature, metabolism and nervous system, as well as pituitary secretion, affecting everything from mood to appetite to sleep. It is perhaps the single most important link in the mind-body connection.

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Snatam Kaur has recorded a great deal of wonderful music that you can chant along with... check out her website.