Coming soon... Wellsprings of Life: Quaker Wisdom in Chant. A new collection of soul nourishing chants, filled with spiritual encouragement at a much needed time.
Cynthia, Marcelle, Nick, Paulette and Andrew (behind the piano!) at Pendle Hill, May 2019.
From Cynthia Bourgeault: "I am thrilled that this project is moving forward! Paulette’s chants are creating a whole new musical and spiritual art form, introducing mainstream Christian contemplatives to the pearls of transformative wisdom waiting to be discovered in the Quaker mystical tradition, and introducing many Quakers to these treasures as well!"
“This new collection sparkles with the message of joy and steadfastness, even in the midst of troubled seas. With two talented musicians added to the mix, the results are lively, inspiring, moving and deeply practical, all at once. Concepts as subtle and challenging as inner stillness, non-attachment, and compassionate action come powerfully alive through these mystical chants. One can drink these chants in, almost like an elixir of hope!" —Cynthia Bourgeault
Paulette Meier is joined by Wisdom Community musicians Andrew Breitenberg and Nick Weiland to produce a new CD of Paulette's chants, composed from selected quotations from leading Quakers spanning three centuries. The CD is due out by May 2020, but the digital version will be available soon. Many thanks to all who have contributed so generously to allow this new recording to happen! See below for more info!
A note from Paulette, 3/22/20. The CD is almost ready for manufacture and distribution. With the unprecedented upheaval in our world due to Covid-19, I'd like to offer this track from the new album, a quote from George Fox, the leading founder of the Quaker faith. The words come from a letter of spiritual encouragement he wrote to the Quaker community in England in 1675, a time of horrendous persecution for Friends. "Hold fast the hope that anchors the soul , which is sure and steadfast, that you may float above the world's sea." Perhaps the chant will arise in you throughout your day and it can serve as a reminder to anchor your own soul in the deep peace of Presence.
These new chants were primarily composed in conjunction with two "Quaker Wisdom Schools" held at 2017 and 2019 at Pendle Hill, a Quaker retreat center near Philadelphia.Marcelle Martin, a Quaker educator, joined Paulette and contemplative Christian author and leader Cynthia Bourgeault in co-leading the sessions. Paulette created new chants based in large part on the inspiring texts that Marcelle selected for her teachings on Quaker spirituality. At the 2019 Wisdom School, a mix of 80+ Quakers and Wisdom Community members joined in singing the new chants together, aided by the soulful and often spirited accompaniment of Andrew and Nick. By the end of the week, participants decided to start a pledge drive to make sure the songs could get recorded. Administrative support was generously provided by Northeast Wisdom, an organization that supports the work of Cynthia Bourgeault and the Wisdom Community in expanding and deepening contemplative Christian practice for spiritual transformation (You can learn more about their organization at: https://northeastwisdom.org/) For more information, or if you'd like us to email you when the CD is available for orders, please contact Paulette directly at email@example.com