Meditation and Music
Meditation and Music have coexisted all along. Chants, Mantras, Kirtans, Bhajans, Hymns, Niggunim, and Sabbath Songs have accompanied spiritual practice through the ages.
Joseph Emet has contributed to this tradition with his songs for the practice of Mindfulness Meditation. Music plays an important part in the practice of Plum Village. Joseph collected and recorded the songs he found at Plum Village, and he also set to music many of Thich Nhat Hanh's poems.
His work has been published by Parallax Press with the title Basket of Plums. Basket of Plums consists of 41 songs on two CD's with the sheet music for each song. It has a foreword by Thich Nhat Hanh.
It is available from Parallax Press. Basket of Plums is also published in Thailand, Hong Kong, and in South Korea.
Having a practice song continuously in mind goes a long way towards keeping our mental state in a positive direction. It is a reminder.
Thich Nhat Hanh has praised Joseph's work by calling him 'A Boddhisattva of Music.'
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These songs have been inspired by the poetry, talks, and the teaching of Thich Nhat Hanh. Some are adaptations of traditional tunes, and others are original compositions by Joseph Emet.
1. HAPPINESS MAKES YOU BEAUTIFUL
Happiness makes you beautiful like a spring meadow in bloom,
Please walk with gentleness in a spring meadow in bloom
The tender flower of happiness is more precious than gold
2. SIMPLE GIFTS
‘Tis a gift to be simple, ‘tis a gift to be free,
When true simplicity is gained,
3. PEACE IS EVERY STEP
Peace is every step,
4. HOW CAN I KEEP FROM SINGING
My life flows on in endless songs above Earth’s lamentation,
Each time I see that through my fear a peaceful nature is shining,
5. I LEARN EACH MOMENT
I learn each moment to be a better lover,