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Khushnuma

 

Khush in Hindi means Happiness and Kushnuma means Happiness without worry 🙂

I found this incredible because it’s my favorite song mixed with my culture and religion and to top it all off… it’s being played by my favorite instrument 🙂

The beginning is a Traditional Hindi Prayer:

Twamev mata ca pita, badhu, sakha, vidya, dravidam

Sarvo mum deva deva

[You are truly my mother and my father, my friend, my kin, my knowledge, and my wealth. You are my everything, my God of Gods]

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It celebrates culture, diversity and focuses on the spiritual message that the original song possesses. 

Don’t worry. What does worrying do but cause you more stress and grief? If it is something beyond your control, let it go. Let the Universe take care of you. It will if you trust it. There’s no need to worry.

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You are More.

 …And that you realize your size in relation to this one universal declaration: I desire.

You are the space and the fullness.

The core and the more.

Ever expanding.

Desire.

–Danielle Laporte

You are more… You are infinitely more. You are everything. You are energy. You are life. You are passion. You are love. You are desire. 

We tend to associate desire with lust, with ego. We think it’s wrong for us to feel it, don’t we? I know I’ve felt guilty more than once for desiring something.

When I was younger, my heart ached to be independent. I wanted to be left to my own devices and I was so confident in myself to land on my feet. Last year, I finally achieved one of my lifelong dreams of living alone in a foreign country. I spent 12 beautiful, crazy, colorful, loud, gutsy, inspiring, educational, heart wrenching and fulfilling months in Buenos Aires, Argentina working as an English Teacher.

It wasn’t easy and I most certainly didn’t always land on my feet. And I fell… a lot. The first month was the hardest. I missed everything about home, even the things I hated when I was there. The heat, the sweat, the small city life, not having much to do, I missed that. I missed the people. Warm, friendly people we are. The city was so big I felt like it would swallow me. My second month, I moved out of the Hostel I was living in and into an apartment. My third month, I dedicated to exploring the city. My fourth month, I met the love of my life. My fifth month in, I couldn’t pay rent so I got kicked out of my apartment and begged a friend to sleep on her couch. Six months in, I was struggling to make ends meet.

What I know now that I didn’t know then was that there was an undercurrent pulling me towards my dreams. I had gone there for a reason. There was something I wanted to achieve and no matter what happened, no matter how much I had to bust my @$$ it always felt like it was worth it. That energy was desire.

I had a burning desire to become my own person, and I still do. It’s what lights my fire. It ignites my soul. So do not be afraid of desire. Learn to channel it in the right way. If we are attracted to something, it is for a reason. That is the fundamental Law of Attraction.

I stumbled upon Danielle Laporte by chance in 2011 and it’s been a passionate love affair ever since. She is someone who will have you questioning what you think you know and feel

You can read more awesome stuff by Danielle at : http://www.daniellelaporte.com/

Same Love…

She says I smell like, safety and home,

I named both of her eyes, forever and please don’t go,

‘Cause I know this kind of love, I’ve been here before,

It’s good for a while ’till she walks out the door
And I can’t change, even if I tried, even if I wanted to,

And I can’t change, even if I tried, even if I wanted to,

My love, my love, my love, my love,

She keeps me warm, she keeps me warm.

Here’s a little forward about ‘She Keeps Me Warm’ by Mary Lambert:

           Ben, Ryan, and Hollis approached me to write the chorus to ‘Same Love’ at the time I needed it most. For years, and especially at 23, I had been processing my seemingly contradictory life: The Christian and The Queer, all the while battling a history of sexual abuse and manic-depression. I wrote about being a gay christian often in my poetry, but never expressed it in music without it feeling contrived.

           The second the song played through my computer speakers, I knew this was why I had never been able to kill myself through the years of my mental illness. I knew this is why I was still alive: This was the song that was so important, my God. I wanted to write a chorus that was poignant and honest; genuine. I really tried to not be gay at points in my life, but I was (and am) at a point where I refuse to apologize about my identity. I am not sorry about my gayness. I am not sorry I’m a Christian, either, though that’s far less persecuted than my gayness, which is ironically, instigated by the Christian community. “Not crying on Sundays” was a huge lyric for me to write. I cried and cried in church for a year, believing that I was going to Hell, trying to reconcile “the demons”. At some point, it became absurd. 
I will not apologize for love. And my God, the God that I believe to be true, would never condemn love like this.

              ‘Same Love’ had to be written from a place of love, I believed. I think that the best way to impact the world positively is to come from a place pure of heart, with complete and total love for humanity. I love. I love so much it makes me cry for no reason. I love humanity even when it is sickening and fails miserably at taking care of each other. When humanity seems devoid of love, it’s because it hasn’t been nurtured enough. I believe in nurturing it. 

                Releasing ‘She Keeps Me Warm’ today is a massive and scary step. Simply because this song is not political. It’s not about oppression or marriage equality. This song is a love song. That’s all it is. It’s an honest love song, an extended version of my chorus from ‘Same Love’. It’s another side of the story. The only difference with this song is that there are female pronouns. I’m not trying to be shocking. I suppose it’s inadvertently making a statement, but I hope this song sits in all hearts- gay or straight. It’s not about any of that. It’s about love. It’s always been about love. 

I am in love with Mary Lambert. As a soul, as a human being and as an artist.

This song pulls at my heartstrings because it’s pure love. Even if you’re not gay i’m sure you can appreciate… Love.

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I feel so close to YOU right now!

I feel so close to you right now
It’s a force field
I wear my heart upon my sleeve, like a big deal
Your love pours down on me, surrounds me like a waterfall
And there’s no stopping us right now
I feel so close to you right now

Dear Readers,

I am so excited! I have just reached 50+ followers! Some might think that this number seems small in the grand scale of things but to me, this is the grand scheme of things. 

I want to share with you why I started this blog. I had learned something a few years ago and that something was that no matter what you’re going through, you are not alone. You are NEVER alone. There is always going to be someone, somewhere out there that knows and feels exactly what you’re going through.  To me, learning that was comforting in a way I can’t quite explain. So I thought to myself…. If there’s someone out there that is currently feeling my pain, my sorrow, my despair, my confusion, making my mistakes then  that means that there’s also someone out there sharing my joy, my happiness, my passion, my awe, someone that was on the path of exploration and discovery, someone with my music tastes, someone just like me. So I started this blog to connect with… someone, anyone, everyone. My goal was if I was able to make one person smile, question their reality, believe in themselves that I could die happy.

All of us have something in common, not only are we online at the same time and use the same site to host our blogs but we are… seekers, lovers, thinkers and dreamers. I just want to say thank you for recognizing the piece of me that isn’t so different from a piece of you. I’m looking forward to us all growing together.

Much Love!

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Burn!

We, we don’t have to worry bout nothing
Cause we got the fire, and we’re burning one hell of a something
They, they gonna see us from outer space, outer space
Light it up, like we’re the stars of the human race, human race

When the lights turned down, they dont know what they heard
Strike the match, play it loud, giving love to the world
We’ll be raising our hands, shining up to the sky
Cause we got the fire, fire, fire, yeah we got the fire fire fire

And we gonna let it burn burn burn burn

Sometimes I imagine my soul is a softly lit candle (completely organic and homemade!). During my whole existence it remains that way, lit. When I dive into my human experience, when I shower myself with love and gratitude, when I connect with another soul I feel it spark off. My softly lit candle ignites and burns so fiercely, so boldly that the hue around me changes color. I come alive. My existence is a light that shines bright.

When was the last time you burned bright?

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Try!

Ever worry that it might be ruined
And does it make you wanna cry?
When you’re out there doing what you’re doing
Are you just getting by?
Tell me are you just getting by, by, by?

Where there is desire
There is gonna be a flame
Where there is a flame
Someone’s bound to get burned
But just because it burns
Doesn’t mean you’re gonna die
You’ve gotta get up and try, and try, and try

Some days are harder than others. Some days feel like they will never end. Some days seem impossible to get through, some situations make you feel like you can’t breathe… so what do we do? We try. Even when we’re not okay we try anyway. Sometimes it is the best we can do and it is enough. Why? Because you are enough. We are enough.
Some days putting one foot in front of the other is an effort beyond this world. Getting dressed, leaving the house, cooking a meal, not smoking that cigarette, laying off the alcohol, being kind to ourselves seem like impossible tasks. But we try, right? That’s all we have to do.
Keep trying.

Happy Birthday Mandela!

“It always seems impossible until its done.”

– Nelson Mandela

Today we celebrate the birthday of a worldwide ICON. Nelson Mandela celebrates his 95th birthday today and I would like to wish him a speedy recovery and hope that this legend lives to see many more birthdays. You have done so much for the world and today, we celebrate you. Happy birthday!

Here is a link to other inspiring quotes of his:

http://www.sowetanlive.co.za/community/2013/07/18/67-awesome-quotes-by-nelson-mandela

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You are Loved…

Do you keep your thoughts inside your head?
Do you regret the things you never said?
You have a voice, you have to use it
You have a choice, don’t let them shut you down, down
Don’t let them shut you down

You are loved
You are loved

Freedom comes in letting go
Open up the window to your heart
Freedom comes in letting go
Open up your heart
You are loved
You are loved

 

Tell me something. Do you think a stranger could love you? Have you ever had that feeling like you were connected to the people around you, you find yourself thinking about others, people you don’t know, reflecting on their lives and possibly feeling for them?

This has happened to me. Sometimes it’s generic. Like I’m thinking about the entire human race, the entire Universe. I leave nobody out. I think about family, friends, neighbors, their dogs, the little stubby weeds that grow on sidewalks, the ants, the trees, the flowers, the bus driver, his wife, the passengers, the tourist, the market vendors, the bank clerks, the surfers, the drug addicts, the ex convicts, the teenage mom at the grocery store, the grocery store owner, the artist, the hairdresser, the call center representative, the garbage cleaner, the farmer, the dancer… and you.

Sometimes I think that there is not a single difference between me and a single soul or living, breathing thing on earth. And I love it all because it’s a part of me and vice versa.  I genuinely feel my heart swell up, grow stretch marks until I can’t take it anymore and I have to release it. So i let it go out into the world. That is how I love this world. This Universe. Myself. and You. Because I do. I Love You! I don’t have to know you to do that. I love your soul, I love that energy that you were born with because I can feel it even if sometimes you forget it’s there.

What about you? What do you love? Who do you love? Why do you love? How do you love?

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Quit Spinning & Start Living

I’m ready to go, ready to go
I’m starting to feel like I don’t belong here
I’m stuck inside, I’m stuck inside
Try to escape from the prison in my mind
But I gotta leave, I gotta leave
‘Cause all I believe is shouting white lies
They tying me up, tying me down
Couldn’t find the strength to find a way out

I watch the world speed up, I am a ballerina
Spinning around, yeah, I’m unraveling

Livvi Franc is an extremely talented human being and also someone I look up to. Did i mention she’s from Barbados? Gotta love it =)

This song… Well it points out how easy it is for us to get “caught up” in our own lives, in the external forces all around us that keep pushing and pulling. If we aren’t constantly making decisions we find ourselves reacting to circumstances outside of our control. We give the big Power Wand to Life itself and we say “Hey, here you go, take my power. My life is not my responsibility anymore” Except that it is.

It’s your life.

Take responsibility for it. You are responsible for your actions, your thoughts, your emotions.

Instead of being a ballerina, you can be the music.

I am proposing a Paradigm Shift right now. I want you to revolutionize the way you look at your life, like you were God and you could make anything happen for yourself. Yes. I said it. Like you were God. Because God made you and he lives in you. You’re as much a part of him as He is of you.

What would you be doing with your life right now if anything were possible?