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How Rock n Roll turned me into a meditation freak

It’s not hard to figure out that the music business is crazy sometimes. That’s why as a rocker, I have turned to meditation, prayer and spirituality on a regular basis. In fact, it has taken over my music entirely. I am not going to lie, when I first started meditating I found it boring and tedious. I would sit for a minute and wonder if 10 minutes had already passed by. Many times I had no idea how to do it so I would just space out or ‘think’. But, thinking is not the idea here I’m told. One is to get to a flowing feeling of bliss and release thought…..hmmmmm. We are supposed to get beyond our thoughts and focus on our breath. Uhhhhh. Hmmmmm. I had no idea that focusing on my breath was beneficial.. or was it some weird practice that replaced drinking a bottle of wine? Both could be relaxing but one makes me sick. Hahahhaha

Then came the phase where I wanted to meet with peeps on the other side. Yeah! I wanted to have conversations and know what it’s like to slip past this life. Was it fun? Was it freeing? I’ve heard it was totally blissful and you can still keep in touch with friends on this side. Hmmm Well, all of my reasons for meditation have now birthed into the simple desire to have peace and focus in my life. I’ve also developed compassion now to some degree. So, when someone freaks out and yells at me, I think about what they could be feeling and experiencing to lash out like that. We never know what somebody else is going through.

There are numerous meditation gurus and programs available now. Mindfulness is the new opiate of choice. Yes, mindfulness goes along with meditation. Really it’s about slowing down and breathing in all that we do..not just meditation. I think millennials are getting it right when they want to preserve brain cells and make better choices than previous generations. I’m grateful that spirituality has infiltrated my music. In the past, I had one too many bass players kick me out of the band for being too spiritual. Now I’m proud of it. And go ahead and call me a meditation freak! I am mindful now!


Freedom As The Mystic………coming soon

My new EP is coming along great! This new meditation project has pushed me to grow in many beautiful ways. And……..all of the challenges we have had show me that perseverance is key! I cannot wait to share it with you all! To all of the angel helpers that have come forward, I am GRATEFUL! Thank you thank you thank you.

Los Angeles and Inspirational Musicians


Roses and music

In a way, you could say I was born a renaissance woman…an artist who enjoys writing poetry, singing, writing songs, painting and dancing. And really, inspirational music is the thing that moves me to the ultimate joy.
What I love about inspirational music is that it moves the listener out of their sometimes grim state of mind and into ecstasy…if it’s on point. In Los Angeles, I have found many wonderful centers for spiritual living that invite freedom and transformation into one’s life. Along with the centers are a wonderful group of inspirational musicians and singers. These are people like myself who have fallen onto a spiritual path of joy through music. Maybe they started out in dark empty bars, playing music to 3 people. Or maybe they went to Musician’s Institute and wanted a record deal that would somehow magically make their lives better. Then, they started doing spiritual work and their songs changed. There are so many possibilities about how, when and where musicians begin doing inspirational tunes.

Rickie Byars-Beckwith is really the queen of new thought/inspirational music. She’s one of the reasons I began writing spiritual music. She is a legend and a great inspiration to many many singer/songwriters. In case you are not familiar with her, here is an excerpt from her biography:

“Rickie Byars Beckwith is one of the 21st century’s most revered singer-songwriters whose transcendent music opens the heart, touches the soul, and uplifts the spirit.

Rickie’s extensive music catalogue is heard on the radio and on soundtracks for movies and television. Her songs of unconditional love and spiritual transformation are the highlight of consciousness raising events throughout the world. She has performed in five sessions with His Holiness the Dalai Lama, at Green Festivals across North America, and at countless Peace Concerts that promote unity and the principles of non-violence.

In Culver City, California, Rickie is the Music and Arts Director of the Agape International Spiritual Center where she directs the 200-member Agape International Choir. Together with her husband, Rev. Dr. Michael Bernard Beckwith, founder of the Agape International Spiritual Center, their powerful partnership has resulted in a dynamic catalogue of songs that enable transformational healing through the power of music.”

She really is a phenomenal example of one of the amazing inspirational artists in Los Angeles. I will talk about other artists in another blog post. For now, be blessed and be a blessing…..You can find me here: AndreaLaneMusic-come say hello!:)