A couple of years ago Mikey and I were sitting around our fire pit just chilling out listening to some mellow tunes. On this night I remember specifically hearing a song and actually listening to the words....( I never listen to words....I am usually a beat girl). The words had a Lennon, Marley and Gandhi feel. I was completely in love with the song and whoever this artist was. I asked Mike who it was and he said Michael Franti. Apparently Mike had been listening to him for quite some time now and wasn't keeping him from me, I just wasn't ready to hear or understand how powerful this beautiful soul's messages were yet. You feel me? Each time from there when I heard one of his songs I was only in a happy state of energy, mind and soul. I started playing him at the end of my classes while we were cooling down and stretching. Some people did ask me who it was, while others were not at that "knowing" him yet stage. This past March one of my members had mentioned to me she heard on the radio that he would be playing at the House of Blues in Boston. I am still not quite sure if she felt my heart pounding with pure joy and happiness! I thanked her and BTW if she did not share that information with me this blog would not be written, so a big thank you and shout out to you Sarah! I secretly decided to purchase some tickets for Mikey and I and say they would be a fathers day gift!!! (win, win, right)? He was excited as was I, however I never fully knew or was aware of how powerful this night would be.
Fast forward to the night of this wonderfully anticipated moment. Franti is one of those beings that permeates all loving energy and ONLY that. He is someone who can love at at the deepest level and spread humanity like some of our faves; Jesus, Gandhi, MLK...etc. Some of you are reading this right now and thinking, "Holy Shit Sandi, how much of that Kool-Aid have you drank?" If you must know, I LOVE Kool-Aid and it brings me joyful, hopeful and happy energy. When seeing someone literally glow from the inside out and helps you understand and realize you want to be better and do more for others from a place of love is fucking mind blowing! His songs are written from love and sang from deep within his heart. Every song he sang and story he told felt like an angel embracing me.......I know, I know, crazy, right?
I want to share something he spoke of that night and posted on his FB page. After you have read it, please share your thoughts with me and please understand that 90% of you may be angered by it, hurt by it, pissed, confused or whatever.....I am the other 10% and even if you do not agree, remember how much you love me....OK? lol
So Franti decided to pick flowers for each victim in the Orlando shootings. Touching, right? Well what was more touching is that he picked 50 flowers and not 49. 50.....flowers......I had to go back and look again to see how many people died. The media, internet, news all state 49 victims and 1 shooter...........Franti chose to come from a place of oneness, humanity and love......50 FLOWERS! OK, breathe now and try to understand this is exactly where Jesus was coming from as well as his teachings. So many of us only know how to hate and choose that. Yes this man chose a terrible thing to go through with and yes innocent lives were taken. HE IS STILL HUMAN and Franti's gesture is exactly the way I want my world and thoughts to always be. I choose love despite what this man chose. I choose to not let anyone steal my energy and joy. The world is a good kind place and sometimes it seems that as a society we only come together as one in a tragedy. How wonderful would it be if every single day we were always one and not divided? How great would everyone's energy be if each day we smiled and felt eternally grateful for the day ahead of us? Instead many times we hear life is unfair and sucks. I know a handful of people, no matter what joy is given to them their life remains suckish. It breaks my heart but when I get those heart break feels I have to remove myself from their lives temporarily. My handful of those people is getting smaller and smaller.
I was just about to state that sadly there are not enough humans out there that stand for or understand humanity......however what I would rather state and focus on is how wonderful is it that we have nothing but love and kindness in this world? At the end of the concert, Franti had his band come down with him and asked the audience to all put there arms together. He played, (not sang) Lennon's IMAGINE. OMG!!! The power of love that came through this moment was inexplainable and unforgettable.
Please check out the video above.....I hope you enjoy it as much as I did!!!!
Thank you Mr. Franti for carrying out the good of man kind; I love you and I love every soul equally.......Peace