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Aaron Ableman

Life is what you choose. Life is what it is. And life isn’t what it isn’t. The struggles of any life worth living require a practice of self-liberation, as documented in freedom songs or stories from here to Timbuktu. Despite having been thrown into the throws of a mysterious universe, our heroes choose love over fear, inspiration over death, freedom over enslavement.

The truth is, all good stories and songs need a challenge or a conflict to keep the interest of the audience. In other words, transform your perspective and you’ll see that no matter the challenge, you have the power to choose your destiny. As it has been said before, my enemy can drag me through the streets, burn my home, and I will still love them.

If my world is mean and unfair, I can find my inner strength and still succeed with honors. If I have no legs, I thank god for my arms. If I don’t have a home, thank god for a bed under the stars. And in case I find myself lost in the world of fast food, billboards and bad health, I can still sit down and write a rap song.

Facing one such situation, here’s what I wrote yesterday — in service to a life of inspiration, brilliance and magic:

This bright cloth of existence
Is a weaving of sacred threads fits
Colors, songs and caressed bits
Like a prayer for natural fabrics.
The fire of water, air and earth elements
I don’t even mind which is which
Or better yet, if life is sandwiched
Between the heart or mindless
Ain’t no if’s and’s but’s about it
Thank god for the goddess
The dreamer, the family and the kiss
Which creates us all in the image
Of the child which is just the village
The father which is still just the kid
Dressed in the emperor’s undress
So the queen makes pajama myths
And a story of dancing bliss
Don’t sleep on Pacha’s oneness
Count sheep when the drum hits
Choosing to dream over ignorance!

The time is now to change your life. No need to wait. For what it is that you’re looking for is what’s looking. You are the source and the destination, the river and the ocean, the seed and the fruit! Since every moment is a choice, choose the rosy colored glasses that paint the world brightly. Perhaps someday, your choosing so will carry you on a magical dream adventure called success, happiness and real joy!

Aaron Ableman

Aaron Ableman (aka A-Natural) is a widely celebrated entertainer, author, and ecologist. He grew up under the guidance of a farmer/author and public health care nurse, studying with Hopi elders, Oxford Rhodes scholars and spiritual leaders. He has worked with Mos Def, Talib Kweli, Cypress Hill, Raffi, K’NAAN, Joan Baez, Rev. Michael Bernard Beckwith, Vandana Shiva, amongst many others.

From India to Haiti, he has produced award-winning education and entertainment programs for children and youth. His life and work have been heralded in publications such as the Los Angeles Times, MTV, CNN, New York TimesMontreal MirrorSan Francisco Examiner, amongst others.

Ableman is a Founder/Chief Creative Officer at BALANCE Edutainment, a social enterprise that develops transformational entertainment products and programs for children and families. He is also the creator of the celebrity-studded children’s pop musical, Pacha's Pajamas.

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