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Songs from the Center of the Well


Songs from the Center of the Well


by Swami Chetanananda

This book of Swamiji's poetry is a celebration of life, full of humor and compassion. His teaching is about how to live a deeply satisfying life. His focus is on the discovery of the transcendental in the commonplace.  The message is profoundly simple: life is nothing but the manifestation of the Divine, and that Divinity lies within each human being.

The title--Songs from the Center of the Well--refers to the role of the spiritual teacher, one who knows the source, taps the fountainhead, and endlessly quenches the thirst of those who stop to drink.

"When you care enough about life itself to reach into your own inner resource and cultivate your awareness of it no matter what is going on outside you, then the well freely yields its sweet water. And when you are connected to that flow, you are free. It is that simple."--Swami Chetanananda

76 pages, paperback
ISBN 978-0-915801-03-9

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About the Author

Swami Chetanananda is a master of Trika Yoga practice and a teacher in the lineage of Bhagavan Nityananda of Ganeshpuri. He is the abbot and spiritual director of The Movement Center, based in Portland, Oregon.

Swamiji works with students to awaken their creative energy and support them in the process of its unfoldment. He teaches Dynamic Stillness practice, a direct transmission meditation in which teacher and student share the experience of the underlying unity of all things.

Swamiji has a profound grasp of Kashmir Shaivism and the other philosophical and practice traditions he has studied. He conveys their essence in direct and accessible terms, making them relevant to everyday circumstances. He offers simple, practical techniques for working with creative energy that can be practiced by anyone. The fundamental method uses the power of the breath to circulate the creative energy (kundalini) and intensify its flow so that tensions and obstacles are dissolved, leading to a more refined awareness.