Monk in the World: Songs for Contemplative Living

by Abbey of the Arts

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In the silence we hear music. In the stillness we dance your prayer. And our prayer comes alive As we lose ourselves in the dance.
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Hands open to the day. Breathe in. Breathe out. Hands joined as if to pray. Breathe in. Breathe out. Arms reaching to the sky. Then circling around down to the earth. Eyes lifted to the light, to the light. Hands, branches catching rain. Breathe in, breathe out. Then rising like a stalk of grain. Breathe in. Breathe out. Arms reaching to the sky. Then circling around down to the earth. Eyes lifted to the light, to the light. Hands open to the day. Breathe in. Breathe out. Hands joined as if to pray. Breathe in. Breathe out.
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Listen to my sighing. Holy One, hear my cry. Listen to my sighing. Holy One, hear my cry. In the morning hear my voice with the sunrise. In the morning hear my voice with the sunrise. Wait and hope … We wait and hope. Wait and hope … We wait and hope.
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May the breath of God blow through your being. May her Spirit breathe the promise of dawn. May the breath of God stir a new story! Hope in the Spirit, O breath of God.
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My body and your body are one in divine. So when we come together let us tap in to love. I feel it - the pain - I see it - Oh! I'm love. I'm beaming my light. I’m beaming my light. I'm beaming my love. I’m beaming my love. I'm beaming my light through the darkness. I’m beaming my light through the darkness. Why? - So I can see. So we can see. The power’s in the people. The power’s in the people. The power’s in the people all over the world. The power’s in the people all over the world. We stand for peace. We speak of love. The power’s in the people all over the world. The power’s in the people all over the world. My body and your body are one in divine. My body and your body are one in divine. My body and your body are one in divine So when we come together let us tap in to love.
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Refrain: Come Michael. Come Gabriel. Come Raphael. Come Uriel. Verses: 1. Be by my side, there’s a place for you here. Be by my side, there’s a place for you here. 2. Help me to heal and share light in my world. Help me to heal and share light in my world. 3. Rest in my eyes and my ears and my touch. Rest in my eyes and my ears and my touch. 4. Compassion and wonder and healing and grace. Compassion and wonder and healing and grace
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You are the heart. You are the hands. You are the voice of Spirit on Earth. And who you are and all you do Is a blessing to the world. We are the heart, we are the hands. We are the voice of Spirit on Earth. And who we are, and all we do Is a blessing to the world. We’re a blessing to the world. We’re a blessing to the world. We are the heart, we are the hands.
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Refrain: Lord, make me a channel of your peace. Verses 1. Grant that I can see through my human pain and still feel loved. 2. In the darkness, let light be found in there. 3. We all need to learn to forgive a few more hundred times. 4. Melt our hatred, let love take roots in our hearts. 5. Through my own pain and need, let me learn to understand. 6. Reach through our sadness, let it be joy.
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You can rest now. You can rest now. Open your feet to the earth. You can rest now. Let your fears go. Let your thoughts fade. Let your mind ease. Let your breath rise. You can rest now. You can rest now.
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Watch the stars as they climb to the sky They have crawled from their beds where they lie. And now it’s time for sleep. Go to bed, wrap the dark round your chest. Close your eyes, think of how you are blessed. And if the waves crash on the shore of your memory If the wind whips up your thoughts and fears till a storm is raging in your head if the rain falls down your cheeks. Turn away from that shore, just walk away. To the beach where the waves gently play. And breathe in with the ebb of the tide. And breathe out with the flow as it sighs.
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Now I am revealing new things to you, revealing new things to you. Now I am revealing new things to you, revealing new things to you. Things hidden and unknown to you, created just now, this very moment. Things hidden and unknown to you, created just now, this very moment.
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1. Put yourselves on the ways of long ago, Remember the path of rest. Put yourselves on the ways of long ago, Remember the path of rest. This ancient path of rest, my friends, The ancient path of rest. Put yourselves on the ways of long ago, Remember the path of rest. 2. Peace 3. Love 4. Life
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1. Behold, I make all things new. Behold, I make all things new. Behold, I make all things new. Let there be light, let there be light. 2. God unseen is taking form. God unseen is taking form. God unseen is taking form. Let there be light, let there be light. 3. First and last is surging forth. First and last is surging forth. The first and last is surging forth. Becoming light, becoming light. 4. Behold, I make all things new. Behold, I make all things new. Behold, I make all things new. Let there be light, let there be light.
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Let the beauty you love be what you do. Let the beauty you love be what you do. Beauty, beauty. Beauty, beauty. Beauty, beauty. Beauty, beauty.
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1. O Love, open my lips, and my mouth will declare your praise. O Love, open my lips, and my mouth will declare your praise. 2. O Peace 3. O Hope 4. O Grace 5. O Justice 6. O Wisdom 7. O Beauty
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Glory to the Maker, Lover and Keeper As ago, in this breath and will be ever. Amen, Amen.
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1. O God of Love, nourish us in silence. 2. O God of Love, extend through us your welcome. 3. O God of Love, reveal your face in friendship. 4. O God of Love, bless us in our labor. 5. O God of Love, show the way of Sabbath. 6. O God of Love, surprise us with your vision. 7. O God of Love, lead us into dancing.
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1. O God of Earth, shelter us in your sanctuary. 2. O God of Earth, reveal to us your wisdom. 3. O God of Earth, guide us in our sanctity. 4. O God of Earth, we listen for your guidance. 5. O God of Earth, we turn to you in troubles. 6. O God of Earth, reveal to us your splendor. 7. O God of Earth, we celebrate your presence.

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The Monk Manifesto is a set of 8 principles for contemplative, creative, and compassionate living. It is the Rule of Life for the Holy Disorder of Dancing Monks community at Abbey of the Arts. We embrace the practices of Silence and Solitude, Hospitality, Community, Kinship with Creation, Work, Sabbath, Conversion, and Creative Joy.

In our last album (Earth, Our Original Monastery) we explored Kinship with Creation. This album is an opportunity to celebrate the other 7 practices through the joy of song while cultivating our capacity for becoming monks in the world. Also available at Abbey of the Arts are 7-Day Prayer Cycles (for Morning and Evening) that you can pray, sing, and dance along with. Prayer Cycle Response Songs are included here. Blessings!

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released March 16, 2021

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