What Took You So Long?
My driving force in this world is to unite our species to recognize that we are all distant relatives, connected through our long linage of nomads on this Earth, and that it is our responsibility to be in balance with all the sentient beings who also inhabit this planet. What took us so long to arrive?
In 2009, my best friend Alicia and I founded What Took You So Long, a filmmaking guerrilla organization in pursuit of visual magic to spark people’s minds and light up the voices of the world’s silent heroes. Ever since, we’ve been roaming this magnificent earth telling stories of resilience, humanity and diversity.
“Where’s home?” I often get asked. Wherever I go or whatever I do, there will really only be one correct answer: the Ocean.
There is new comprehensive research that says that when humans are in water, near water, drinking water and even just thinking about water, we feel good, calm and relaxed. Celine Cousteau, the daughter of legendary Jack Celine Cousteau, says it best: “We are beginning to learn that our brains are hardwired to react positively to water and that being near it can calm and connect us, increase innovation and insight and even heal whats broken”.
Going back into the ocean and allowing gravity to bring your body, mind and spirit towards the center of the earth is bringing us back to the unconditioned womb of our mothers during our first nine months on earth.
The noise of the default world disappears as you enter the ocean, who connects us with sentient beings, on land life with sea life. The Ocean is our lungs and when we commit to return to home, to enter a place of underwater meditation, we start healing. First individually and then collectively. We belong in the ocean, the answers to how we will find the innovations to re-establish balance on earth and fight climate change will be found here.
“You didn’t come into this world. You came out of it,
like a wave from the ocean. You are not a stranger here.”
- Alan Watts
We live in a coca-cola world where the large majority of the worlds inhabitants have lost their connection to nature’s healing powers. Camel milk, known to nomads as the white gold of the desert and the root of the Kava plant, consumed throughout the Pacific Ocean cultures of Polynesia, both serve humanity as indigenous medicine. When we add intention in a ceremonial structure and honor all the knowledge that the milk and the plant hold within we can bridge our present moment with the journey, experiences and knowledge of ancestors. We have the opportunity to open up a portal into the unknown - into ourselves.
Opening up humans to their ancestral past, to survival mechanisms and spiritual gateways that has been used for centuries, we get a more holistic understanding of what our responsibility as an earthling walking this earth is all about.
I dove into yoga teacher training because I was in recovery mode from a rare bacterial disease that I had picked up in Somalia. I was in Sweden for healing and my intuition told me to approach my healing pro-actively - the days of sitting still, resting and spending quality time with my parents were over. I reached out to my friends at Africa Yoga Project in Kenya, and a week later I joined African Yoga practitioners from 20 countries for a 100-hour immersive yoga teacher training. It changed my life.
In Sanskrit yoga means union; when you enter a yogic trance your breath, sight and flow becomes one. You have the opportunity to push yourself as much as you want; infinite sensations within yourself are readily available for you to manifest. This sensation is at first overwhelming because you question if you have the mental and physical strength to push through; to explore deeper who you are. Once you surrender you start connecting experiences stuck in your subconscious; you start letting go of self-imposed flaws and limitations that are not real.
There is a reason why people shine with huge vibrant eyes after completing a yoga class: they entered that unknown place of self-love and magic; a place where your inner-child have full autonomy to unleash and bring you to a place where you can witness and feel who you really are and all the potential you actually have to be the guardian of your life journey on planet Earth.
With my father and sister being musicians, I felt inhibited to share my music, or even to claim I could create music worth sharing. In 2018, with the help from beautiful humans like Fabian, Virginia and [drum maker], I took a leap forward: I now roam this Earth carrying a guitar, a drum, and 90% of medicine songs, creating spaces where people can unleash their inner voice and their heart’s music.