The Earth is Full

by Darlene Franz, voice and harmonium

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This chant is inspired by a meditation on Psalm 33:5
"The earth is full of the goodness of the LORD." (KJV)

Several years ago, a friend asked me to write a chant to accompany John Philip Newell's chapter "The Fecundity of God" in "The Book of Creation: An Introduction to Celtic Spirituality."

At the end of the chapter, Newell gives a beautiful exercise, breathing in and out to repetitions of this phrase while contemplating the goodness of the earth outside of us --
"...the One who dwells at the heart of all life" --
and the goodness within -- "as you feel your body expanding, be aware of the goodness that you are opening up to from the depths of your being. It is planted within you, and can be sensed like the fragrance of the earth's goodness."

May this chant assist you to dwell in the goodness of your own earth, this planetary earth we share, and the "world without end." Amen.

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The earth is full, full of your goodness.
The earth is full, full of You.
Your goodness fills the whole earth.

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released December 15, 2015
Darlene Franz, voice and harmonium
engineered by Christian Heilman, www.mixerguy.com

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Darlene Franz Seattle, Washington

Since 2006, Darlene Franz has been composing chants and facilitating mindful singing workshops throughout the US and Canada. Her work with groups cultivates the expansion of embodied attention and presence. Through active and meditative practices based in sacred mantric interspiritual chant, singers and “non-singers” can discover grounded, centered, whole awareness while singing. ... more

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