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.

Music Remixes

A-Trak, Kimbra, Mark Foster – Warrior (What So Not Remix)

Now this is a trio I was not expecting. New Zealand darling, Kimbra with Canadian wunderkind, A-Trak, and Foster The People’s Mike Foster on one track? Add a whole other level of hype with the duo behind What So Not and we have on our hands a solid track to turn the lights off, turn up the volume, and get down. Trust me here, this track deserves your speaker’s full attention.

Kimbra has never sounded sexier than she does here on this track. Her vocals in the chorus, deep in her register, exude a certain kind of lust that’s animalistic and utterly human. She effortlessly swings between her charming self and hidden sex-kitten ego within seconds of each other. What So Not takes the original track’s heavy A-Trak production and spins it into a dark basement dance hall banger. A deep drum bumps under a heavy synth wobble. The tension in the build is released in one of the most unexpected drops I’ve heard. When I first heard it I may or may not have screamed a little. It’s a drop made for dark corner dancing and sending lust-filled looks over a drink (y’all know what I’m talking about).

What So Not’s goal with their music is to create music like this “because the world needs more bangers.” They’ve given us a one helluvah banger here and I’m not complaining. I guess a little shout-out to Converse is necessary here because the brand brought these three artists together in the first place for their annual “3 Artists, 1 Song” series. Thanks to them, What So Not heard it and saw a bit of themselves in the song and here we are, on a Friday night that’s just beginning with a track worthy of night-time debauchery.

A-Trak, Kimbra, Mark Foster – Warrior (What So Not Remix)