“To make music one must have the spirit of a gypsy and the discipline of a soldier.” - Beethoven
Yesterday, after a long week of getting some projects back on track for fall, I headed to the beach for some relaxation then to a @the_mura_masa show with @mmarche_.
I’ve always admired Mura Masa for his ability to seamlessly blur the lines between genres, cultures, and eras. He somehow knows how to weave the urban vibe of hip hop with smooth electronic while simultaneously surprising the listener with sounds from reggaeton, tribal drums, and even classical music. To put it into words, it sounds like complete chaos. But he’s figured out how to walk that fine line and channel those seemingly unrelated genres into something we understand, a story.
I think we can apply Mura Masa’s approach to the story of our own lives. Most of us are really good at one or the other; letting imagination, curiosity, and playfulness run rampant or discipling ourselves with constraints, commitments, and rationalization. The beauty of life, and I believe all healing, lies in the dance between those two realms.
Our nervous systems are designed to tell us when we’re at that intersection, whether you’re engaged and productive, uninterested and stagnant, or burnt out and overexerted. Listen to those cues. If you fall into the latter two categories - often leading to depression and anxiety, it’s not a fault of character, only a nudge in the right direction.
It takes a lot of courage to walk that line with Mura Masa and Beethoven. It demands a lot of trust in yourself and your abilities to step into the unknown while at the same time keeping one foot firmly planted on solid ground, discipling your efforts. It’s the only place where true healing and transformation happens though. It’s where the real music is made.
Life by Design was born out of a need for my own self-healing after decades of unresolved illness. It wasn’t until finding the courage to look within that I discovered it was my own belief system holding me back from experiencing a truly thriving life. We all have access to that thriving life. We just need to rediscover our power and ignite the healing-self. Only then can we unapologetically live a life by our own design.