Being an artist:
I think the most important thing about being an authentic artist is the practice of listening. One of the greatest things you can do in this lifetime is to really slow down and listen to your own breath because it puts you in touch with the creator, with the creative energy.
We’re not always consciously breathing all the time, but the breath is still moving, so there is a power and an energy that’s breathing for us when we are not paying attention. When I start to actively engage with that power, it brings me in closer proximity with the creator and creative power. That allows me to create from a deeper place than just from my head – from my soul, with my body – creating something that really feels true for me.
Oftentimes when I write songs, I freestyle, so it’s all about being in the flow, breathing and connecting and allowing it to move through you. I find that the breath is one of the greatest sources of inspiration. Just sitting and watching your breath can really unlock a lot of dormant energy inside that wants to be expressed.
There was a great teacher named B.K.S. Iyengar, who recently passed away. He recommended to begin and finish yoga practice with the exhale. I love the idea of using the inhale to receive more inspiration and energy and the exhale to express gratitude, your truth and love.