I’ve been posting about a lot about art that emanates overwhelmingly joyous vibes as of late, but not everything I’m into is an audible kaleidoscope. That’s not to say ARMNHMR and DATHAN’s remix of “AKIRA” is in turn a depressive undertow, but its artwork sets a tone of darkness surrounded by a border of light that I absolutely adore and mirrors my non-homogenous taste.

In particular, the visual accompaniment combined with the atmosphere of the remix reminds me of the nature of everyday life that I’m coming to understand. As someone who struggles with a host of depressive issues, I’ve always alternated between feeling fantastic and utterly hopeless at the flip of a switch. Yet in recent times, I’ve begun to subscribe to the idea that remaining at a more balanced state where I don’t become so invested in the highs and the lows is my best way of living. The world is not composed wholly of darkness or of light, and while difficult to remember during select moments, it’s important to try and maintain that perspective.

I feel that ethos throughout this song’s framework; while a synth abrasively warps between invigorating and abrasive throughout the drop, the bridge to the track’s final outing is draped in mystifying dramatics that give way to a drop balancing darkness and light once more.

It’s quite the feeling when art lines up with your life and helps you understand yourself just a bit further.

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Invite Mara To Tea

Our breath is our most precious asset—when the breath goes, life goes. What a beautiful thought that is because short of someone killing you, no one but the creator himself can take your breath. Sit there for a moment and think about the miracle you are—out of all the planets, all the galaxies, all the dimensions and all the shit we don’t even know, here you are on earth breathing. I never understood why meditation advice always says that if you lose focus, return to the breath. I still don’t know shit about anything, but I like the grace I’m finding in being grateful.

Yet the gift and the curse is always in the same sentence. As humans our ambition leads us to wonderful achievements and progresses, yet it also makes us for get our fundamentals. Close your eyes, take a deep breath, enjoy that sensation and be mindful of what it means to be able to do that. Now realize that no one can take that from you…

Perfection is Achieved Not When There Is Nothing More to Add, But When There Is Nothing Left to Take Away.” – Antoine de Saint-Exupery

That is by far my favorite quote. Nothing material, nothing external can add to that experience of gratitude. No batteries, Ferrari or mansion required. I’m a miracle, a living manifestation of creation, I’m literally freestyling every moment of my life like a master artist – and so are you. What then can be bad under that God level perspective? If they can’t take your breath, your ability to create, what can they take from you? The answer is nothing, no one can take anything from you.

So when the curve balls come or when Mara comes knocking you don’t stress, you invite him to tea.

This being human is a guest house.
Every morning a new arrival.

A joy, a depression, a meanness,
Some momentary awareness comes
as an unexpected visitor.

Welcome and entertain them all!…

The dark thought, the shame, the malice,
meet them at the door laughing,
and invite them in.

Be grateful for whoever comes,
because each has been sent
as a guide from beyond.” —Rumi

These thoughts were inspired by Tara Brach’s Radical Acceptance, J-Lewis’ Soulchild and Ekali’s Gemini Remix , enjoy.