Your Perspective Is Everything
One of my favorite things to do lately is to sit, listen to meditative music for about an hour before I start writing, creating or working. This STATE OF SITTING I've learned offers a new way for me to step away from something that I'm seeing at close range and let's me into one of the world's greatest gift to man: PERSPECTIVE.
For me, I understand and define perspective as a wholesome experience of what is. And with that in mind, it comes as no surprise that some of the music that's been able to hold space for me and many others as we work getting a perspective on life, has come from Solange Knowles in her latest offering, brilliantly titled, "When I get home." What flows through us into our life's work tells a narrative of how we see ourselves and the world we live in. How we see ourselves, depending on the perspective we hold, can either fight us or offer us a fresh understanding of self while we are in pursuit of answering the critical questions that emanate from our lives.
For truth to flow into our work, we need to show up as an expression of ourselves that is whole. Wholeness comes when we allow ourselves to just be, a feeling that can easily be aroused by being at home. There are physical homes we can think of but the type I’m refering to here is feeling a sense of belonging inwardly, which is finding a home within one’s self. Speaking in a cover interview with i-D, Solange’s sentiments mirror my thinking: “I can come home at any given time and know some shit is just going be the same. I feel very tuned in here. Very comfortable being myself. Loved.”
The process she went through in recording this body of art, I learned was initiated when she had to surrender to receiving treatment for an autonomic nerve disorder in late 2017. What seemed like a curve ball, was on fact a defining moment. "Over the last couple of years I’ve thought a lot about origin. How much we’ve taken with us versus how much we’ve left behind and a lot of that had to do with coming home and working out the answer to that spiritually through and around me. Coming off my last shows performing A Seat at the Table, my body was not responding how I wanted it to, and I think it’s interesting how your body can tell you what you need to do at a present time”, Solange said.
Later in the same interview, Solange explains: "My last record was deeply personal, but it was no secret that I was working through a lot of shit. I was carrying a lot of weight and even though that’s something that doesn’t go away, I also feel like a lot of answers felt more inward this time and not outward. A Seat At The Table was composition, a thesis, and a healing experience, but I couldn’t ask the world to be involved in the answers I needed for this project. I just needed to live in it."
The perspective that Solange holds and we can all learn from is that most defining moments in our lives have nothing to do with winning or losing. They have more to do with what you perceive and learn about yourself in the moment. And when you can see things from that light, you will know that there's no need for you to go to war with the world, when you can work on yourself. Perspective reveals to you that the revolution is not going to happen out there, but it will always happen within you. And that's how you give them you, without losing you.
That’s how you win.