Article Written by Nathen Lane
Above & Beyond have released an outstanding remake with world famous Yogis in 4 different languages, over their 2019 album release, Flow State.
When I saw that Above & Beyond released more vocals over their 2019 album, I was instantly drawn in. On their music platforms I noticed the tracks are released as a compilation of songs. On YouTube, the duo have the entire compilation in one 10-minute video, in 4 different languages. The version that’s in English has one of the world’s most renown yogi instructors, Elana Brower, return for more words of wisdom and comfort. From listening to the original release of the Flow State collaboration, I noticed that Elana mentions words talking about what could be happening in the world we live in right now during this pandemic.
“We are learning to let mother nature give us our finest lessons yet.”
“It’s our time now to trust, respect, and conjure our finest love, and its waking us up.”
These lyrics in the first 2 minutes of the video hit home. Mental health is a very important topic. Being cooped up in your home days on end can really seep under your skin. It’s crucial to find hobbies around your vicinity that can help bring out your creativeness and to not dwell in your sorrow; or this may be one of the hardest times any of us have gone through.
“How can we remind ourselves that tragic, is also magical?”
If there is any industry that took the hardest hit from this pandemic, its the service/food/entertainment industry; but more so the entertainment industry. For many people, including myself, it was what made us the bread and butter to put on the table, to provide for our little loved ones, pets, and to keep a roof over our heads. Many of whom have had to completely go out of their norm to find any job to pay their bills and to feed themselves; find themselves lost with no direction anymore. Everything they’ve built their life upon has literally been cancelled for the year; and it’s going to take along time to get things back up and running.
During stressful and hard times, I try to resort back to certain activities or exercises that will either calm me down or put myself back into that head-space. I’ve learned that in any stressful circumstance; taking deep breaths, slowly, will enhance your mind but also your mindSET. Taking one deep breath, inhaling the world and exhaling the negativity that was within you; should be, “released with our commitment and compassion.”
Besides breathing techniques, it’s very important to find hobbies that truly make you happy. If you don’t have any, find some! There’s so much you can do in the comfort of your own home that can help you get through these hard times. Whether your hobby is reading books, drawing, or watching cars drive by on your balcony because you’re riding unemployment through this massive pandemic; find something that makes YOU and your heart, happy.
I’m not going to mislead you when I say I have been going through my own mental battles of myself; not one in particular, but daily struggles to take care of what I need to to go about my day. It’s something we all go through, as some may have more battles than others. The most important thing throughout all of this, is to reassure yourself; things will be okay.
Take the time out of your day to sit in utter silence. Take the time out of your day to check up on your loved ones. Take the time out of your day to make sure the people around you are doing okay. Just because they have a masked smile on their face, or if they post positive things on their social media; does not mean they’re doing okay mentally. Some thing can trigger someones thoughts; regardless of what that might be. It’s important to find that inner peace within you to fight those battles and conquer those demons. Only after that, will you find peace within you.
“There’s a place within you that’s always at rest..always at peace.”
Take a listen to Above & Beyonds, Flow State Meditations, to help find your inner peace through these hard times.
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