May 5, 2015

Musical Medicine. This is my Healing.

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Time after time, lessons of mindfulness remind me, as Nahko simply says, “You will find the guide inside.”

Technology has completely changed the music industry, for good.

Smartphones make it possible to listen to just about anything, at any time possible.

While this modern day musical potential is mind blowing, almost magical, it makes decisions hard for a normally “anxiety free” girl!

Choosing a new toothpaste, and between massaman curry or pad thai also tend to do the trick.

When I find myself overwhelmed with the possibilities of it all, I resort to what I know and end up missing the bright, new opportunities life throws my way.

You could say that my music taste is rather different. With a classical music background, Tchaikovsky, Puccini and Ravel have always been there for me. At other times, it would be Joni Mitchell spinning around my record player.

As I’ve grown and centered myself in this life, the emotionally dense harmonies of my past have drifted away. I’ve sought music that carries a message of love and light in community celebration. And so the overwhelmed dilemma arises—where to begin?

Well, I’ve found a gem, I share with an open heart.

Last summer at the Electric Forest Musical Festival, in Rothbury, Michigan, in the midst of the electronica chaos, my eyes and ears were greeted by the glorious sounds of Nahko and Medicine for the People.

The sun was setting on the first night as Nahko and his tribe shared their incredibly inspiring message of love, interconnectedness and a new vision for our future.

Their mission speaks their truth:

“As a musical collective, our mission is to be the motivation and inspiration for all that have become members of our Tribe.

Within our global community, we have access to the tools needed to make changes, take action and spread awareness of how to live in harmony with Mother Gaia herself.

We are honored to be a force of attraction for positive and creative minds during these often-corrupt times. With your trust and support, we humbly accept this role and speak our prayers of intention to take direct action.” ~ Nahko

Nahko has colored an infinitely old message of authenticity, gratitude, and love to match a 21st Century sound wave. And in a way, the Medicine Tribe’s message is a perfect modern day mantra, calling us back home to our center.

Beyond singing in sweet harmony, Nahko and Medicine for the People also use their voices as a platform for campaigns such as human trafficking and water is life.

“Don’t waste your hate, rather gather and create.

Be of service, be a sensible person.

Use your words and don’t be nervous.

You can do this, you’ve got purpose.

Find your medicine and use it.”  ~ Nahko and Medicine for the People

Check out their website and Facebook page.

Bonus videos: Some of my personal favorite Nahko:



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Author: Jill Cimasko Berte-Renou

Apprentice Editor: Bianca Marks/ Editor: Ashleigh Hitchcock

Photo: courtesy of  Josué Rivas Photographer

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