Who Am I Really
Can you remember who you were before the world told you who you should be? Who were you before your parents, religion, culture, schools. and even neighborhood told you who you are? Throughout the history of mankind, the subject of identity has sent poets to the blank page, philosophers to the agora and seekers to the oracles.
We can’t exactly tell someone who they really are. It is not something that you can learn, practice, and get good at. It is however something that we can remember – a wisdom that’s already inside of us. Something that we know at our soul’s core and what better way to explore it than through music and movement.
In remembering who we really are, perhaps it’s easier to start by exploring who we are not. Some of the reflection questions I ask my students during this class are: Am I this body? Tall, short, thin, large. Am I who others believe me to be? Am I how others see me? Am I the things that I own? My house, the car that I drive, the things that I have. Am I the roles that I play in the world? Mothers, Daughters, Grandfathers, Nurses, Lawyers, Cashiers – is this who I really am?
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This collection of conscious artists have written some powerful songs to help us journey inward with this inquiry of ‘Who Am I Really’. Brett Dennen’s beautiful singer/songwriter style makes its way into many of my playlists. He is one of those artists who really challenges us to notice the world around us and within us. His ‘Who Am I‘ song reflects where many of my clients are coming from – an authentic uncertainty fueled with passionate inquiry. I included Syntax’s ‘Pride‘ (which is still one of my favorite songs) to represent the ego. During class I ask the students if they are their thoughts, their ego mind. We then transition to Frou Frou’s ‘Let Go‘ because sometimes we need to let go of who we think we are, in order to make space for the ‘real’ us to step forward. I love her line “there’s beauty in the breakdown”. Aside from Sorrow is my own band, we wrote ‘The Journey‘ as a reflection of stepping into who we really are – “as my soul’s core remembers what it feels like to be alive”. Krishan and Guru Singh & Friends both appear in this list with their own powerful mantras, these two songs alone can take you on a transcendent journey of self discovery. Omkara, Kirtana, and India.Arie help us in the remembering of who we really are with their beautiful reflection questions and noticings.
I would like to invite you to support these artists by purchasing the songs that you resonate with. Illegal downloading cripples independent artists like myself; we can’t keep producing music without your love and support – plus it’s good karma and honors the energetic flow between us…
Sample the Playlist
Support the Artists (links to iTunes)
Guru Singh & Friends
Aside from Sorrow
Yoga Music Collective
From the Silence
Smoke and Mirrors
Jamtse – Love & Compassion
Love’s Many Faces
Some yoga teachers covet their playlists but I believe we need to move the music medicine around the planet to support the awakening that is unfolding within each of us. We need to support these beautiful artists so that they can continue producing music that will lift the vibration of the planet. Please share the blog and if you know of some really great songs/artists that need to be included in future playlists, connect with me. Love & Light my friends…
Shri Ananda is a certified Kripalu Yoga teacher, musician, and spiritual filmmaker creating music and stories to help us awaken to who we really are. Shri is a grounded and joyful yoga teacher who invites you to journey inward. His classes promote self-understanding, intuition, and transformation from the inside-out through mindful movement and breath work. Ananda is known for his themed ‘Gentle Spirit Yoga’ classes – combining gentle yoga with spiritual exploration through music . He is presently instructing at Ekahi Yoga Center in Kelowna, British Columbia and hosts retreats around the world.