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Inter-Dimensional Music + Basking in Gravity 20200717
• A self-guided yoga + meditation practice
• Sequence recommendations below
• Audio-only version available at mixcloud.com/CosmicChambo

This is a self-guided practice that was originally simulcast from Cosmic Chambo Studios in downtown Muncie, Indiana in front of a live studio audience consisting entirely of sleeping cats.

ID Music 20200717 is thick with heavy mellows, and features new sounds from some of the artists who participated in my ongoing Void Contemplation Tactics meditation video series: PJS, Mary Lattimore & Paul Sukeena, Growing, Tengger, Wife Signs, Lunaria, and Inner Travels. The visuals are from the same video series, mostly heavily manipulated digital video of the White River and Prairie Creek Reservoir in East Central Indiana.

This is a yin yoga practice, so we’ll be moving slooowly, and holding poses for extended periods of time. The (very) basic idea is to find your variation on the pose and then gradually release tension and control, letting gravity do the work of stretching your body into the liminal space between discomfort and pain. We remain in stillness after releasing a pose for the rebound: An opportunity to feel our juices ebb and flow as we constrict and release their pathways. Feel free to add child’s pose, cat/cow, or drop out entirely and just vibe with the visuals and whatever felines may have entered our makeshift dharma room.

Poses are identified throughout the video, although that’s the extent of the instruction. The sequence may be familiar if you’ve participated in my IRL Basking in Gravity “mindfulness installations” at Healer, StorageSpace, the Indianapolis Zen Center, or Brooklyn’s Magick City. You can find notes on the asanas below, including links to deeper explanations from Bernie Clark and Diana Batts’ yinyoga.com.

While I am a trained yoga teacher, this is a participatory performance more than a yoga class, and I encourage you to make the practice your own. You can view previous sessions in the ID Music x Basking in Gravity Archive.

If you have questions or comments, find me online everywhere: #CosmicChambo

Special thanks to the Muncie Arts & Culture Council for their support of this project. 

Opening meditation: 
10m of sitting in whatever configuration works for your body. In the background and in-between, thoughts on “foundering in dislike and like” and other vectors of the mind’s disease from the Third Chinese Patriarch, Seng Ts’an.

DangleSquat x 2

Toe squat

Wrist stretch 1

Ankle stretch

Wrist stretch 2 (seagull)

Child’s pose

Melting heart

Butterfly

Supported butterfly fish

Eye of the needle 1

Reclining twist 1

Eye of the needle 2

Reclining twist 2

Dead bug

Savasana
Also known as corpse pose, this is the ultimate yin pose, a simulation of the final release of death and an opportunity for you to let gravity call your body home to the dirt. Laid back.

Closing meditation

Due to the ongoing COVID-19 Pandemic all in-person mindfulness installations and yoga sessions are canceled until further notice. Stay home. 

Void Contemplation Tactics is a series of meditation videos from artist Daniel Chamberlin, aka Cosmic Chambo.

Today’s 15-minute guided meditation is accompanied by an excerpt from White River: Slow Flow, a series of heavily manipulated slow-motion videos of the White River in Muncie, Indiana.

The 20200420 episode of Void Contemplation Tactics also features music from itta, a South Korean artist who plays a unique experimental pop-noise music for voice, toy instruments and electronics. Together with the Japanese noise musician Marqido, she performs as TENGGER.

Explore more of her transcendent New Age drone magic at auralcanyonmusic.bandcamp.com/album/enter

This meditation practice is rooted in the Zen tradition, and informed by Chamberlin’s time as a resident of the Indianapolis Zen Center. Today’s meditation includes an excerpt “The Authentic Life,” an interview with Zen Teacher Lewis Richmond.

Continue reading at tricycle.org/magazine/authentic-life/

Chamberlin is an artist based in Muncie, Indiana. He’s also the host of Inter-Dimensional Music, a weekly broadcast of “heavy mellow, kosmische slop, and void contemplation tactics” on WQRT Indianapolis and Marfa Public Radio in Far West Texas. Find more of his work at danielchamberlin.com or #CosmicChambo online everywhere.

Promotional support for this video series comes in part from Invoke Studio of Indianapolis.

Void Contemplation Tactics is a series of meditation videos from artist Daniel Chamberlin, aka Cosmic Chambo.

Today’s 15-minute guided meditation is accompanied by an excerpt from White River: Slow Flow, a series of heavily manipulated slow-motion videos of the White River in Muncie, Indiana.

The 20200413 episode of Void Contemplation Tactics also features music from Live in the Rain From the Russian Woods, a “mainly improvised duo set” from Mary Lattimore and Ornament, a solo project from Growing’s Joe DeNardo.

Sustain the vibe at marylattimoreharpist.bandcamp.com and ornament-music.bandcamp.com.

This meditation practice is rooted in the Zen tradition, and informed by Chamberlin’s time as a resident of the Indianapolis Zen Center. Today’s meditation includes an excerpt from The Tao of Physics by Fritjof Capra.

Promotional support for this video series comes in part from Invoke Studio of Indianapolis.

Void Contemplation Tactics is a series of meditation videos from artist Daniel Chamberlin, aka Cosmic Chambo.

Today’s 15-minute guided meditation is accompanied by an excerpt from White River: Slow Flow, a series of heavily manipulated slow-motion videos of the White River in Muncie, Indiana.

The 20200406 installment of Void Contemplation Tactics also features music from Inner Travels, the “peaceful electronic music” project of Wisconsin-based artist Steve Targo. We’ll hear selections from Panorama Set (2020) and Nature Spirit (2019).

Find more sounds from Inner Travels at innertravels.bandcamp.com.

This meditation practice is rooted in the Zen tradition, and informed by Chamberlin’s time as a resident of the Indianapolis Zen Center, where he practiced “together action” with dharma teachers John Melvin, David Culp, and Lincoln Rhodes. Today’s meditation includes an excerpt from “Ordinary Mind,” a 1990 dharma talk from Joko Beck.

The full dharma talk can be found at youtu.be/ojR0IMhXef0.

Promotional support for this video series comes in part from Invoke Studio of Indianapolis.

Void Contemplation Tactics is a series of meditation videos from artist Daniel Chamberlin, aka Cosmic Chambo.

Today’s 15-minute guided meditation is accompanied by Chamberlin’s video mandala made from heavily manipulated slow-motion footage of the Prairie Creek Reservoir in East Central Indiana.

The 20200330 installment of Void Contemplation Tactics also features “Witches Brew” from PJS’ 2020 album Precipice. PJS is the electronic music project of Patrick Dique and Jordan Christoff. “All sounds created live with synthesizers, field recordings, and effects,” they tell us. “No computer sounds, screens or presets present during the creation process.”

Find more sounds from PJS at pjsmusicsound.bandcamp.com/music.

This meditation practice is rooted in the Zen tradition, and informed by Chamberlin’s time as a resident of the Indianapolis Zen Center, where he practiced “together action” with dharma teachers John Melvin, David Culp, and Lincoln Rhodes. Today’s meditation includes an excerpt from Zen Master Seung Sahn’s Compass of Zen (1997).

Promotional support for this video comes in part from Invoke Studio of Indianapolis.

Void Contemplation Tactics is a series of meditation videos from artist Daniel Chamberlin, aka Cosmic Chambo.

Today’s 15-minute guided meditation is accompanied by Chamberlin’s White River, Slow Flow 20200117 (2020) a digital video of heavily manipulated slow-motion footage of the White River in Muncie, Indiana.

The 20200323 installment of Void Contemplation Tactics also features music from Lunaria’s 2018 album Water Mind. Lunaria is the ambient electronic music project of Daniel Guillén, an artist based in Zaragoza, Spain.

Find more music from Guillén at lunariamusic.bandcamp.com/music.

Chamberlin is a student of Zen and a former resident of the Indianapolis Zen Center, where he practiced “together action” with dharma teachers John Melvin, David Culp, and Lincoln Rhodes. Today’s meditation includes an excerpt from Ezra Bayda’s Beyond Happiness (2010).

Chamberlin is an artist and writer based in Muncie, Indiana. He’s also the host of Inter-Dimensional Music, “North America’s Gnarliest Mix of Heavy Mellow, Kosmische Slop, and Void Contemplation Tactics.” ID Music is on the air at 99.1FM WQRT Indianapolis and Marfa Public Radio on the West Coast of Texas. The program is archived at mixcloud.com/CosmicChambo.

For more information find #CosmicChambo online everywhere.

Promotional support for this video comes in part from Invoke Studio of Indianapolis.

Void Contemplation Tactics is a new series of meditation videos from artist Daniel Chamberlin, aka Cosmic Chambo.

This 15-minute guided meditation is accompanied by Chamberlin’s slow-motion video footage of the White River in Muncie, Indiana. This 20200316 installment features music from Wife Signs, the ambient project of musician Kellen Perry.

Find more of Perry’s music on Soundcloud.

Chamberlin’s meditation guidance is informed by his time as a resident student at the Indianapolis Zen Center, along with the work of Seung Sahn, Katsuki Sekida, and Ezra Bayda.

Chamberlin is the host of Inter-Dimensional Music, “North America’s Gnarliest Mix of Heavy Mellow, Kosmische Slop, and Void Contemplation Tactics.” ID Music is on the air at 99.1FM WQRT Indianapolis and Marfa Public Radio on the West Coast of Texas. The program is archived at mixcloud.com/CosmicChambo.

For more information, find #CosmicChambo online everywhere.

This video is made possible in part by the support of Invoke Studio, Indianapolis.

Due to the ongoing COVID-19 Pandemic all in-person mindfulness installations and yoga sessions are canceled until further notice. Stay home. 

Basking in Gravity: Yin Yoga with Cosmic Chambo
Healer 
3631 E. Raymond St.
Indianapolis, IN 

• Sunday March 1, 2020
• Sunday April 5, 2020 – POSTPONED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE

• Doors at 11am
• Yoga + meditation from 11:30am-1pm
• Suggested donation: $10

Join us at Healer in Indianapolis for a participatory mindfulness experience combining yoga, meditation, and immersive video installation. Led by artist Daniel Chamberlin, this slow and low sequence of asanas is complemented by projections of slow-moving mandalas composed of photographs of flowers, mushrooms, insects, dew, birds, and other organic subject matter. The practice will also feature a soundtrack of New Age, ambient, drone, dub, and “cosmic metal,” as heard on Chamberlin’s weekly Inter-Dimensional Music broadcast on WQRT Indianapolis and Marfa Public Radio on the West Coast of Texas. 

Chamberlin’s yoga and meditation teaching takes concepts from yoga and Zen and emphasizes their implications for radical body acceptance and use as a tool for escaping false binaries. This is the body we have today, the only body, the ultimate body, the every body. Our practice is an opportunity to feel gravity pulling our bodies apart, a celebration of the infinite flux of life, and an invitation to drift and sink into the flow of our fluids.

These sessions are intended to be accessible to all bodies and experience levels: First timers are most welcome. Please bring your own yoga mat.  For more information take a look at Healer on Facebook and Instagram, contact cosmic.chambo@gmail.com or visit daniechamberlin.com.