Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Natural Mystic

Syncopated on the 2 and 4, my song’s rhythm is my heartbeat, steady and sustaining. This pacemaker beat triggers the step of joyful dance. Equally, it encourages moving the next foot forward into the teeth of the storm. It pumps life energy to even the most numb nook and cranny.

The music that produces in me a reflex smile and autonomic hip sway is a direct reverb of the deepest earth pulse and tune. It’s a universal broadcast for any who are open to receive it.

original art by Quito Rymer
When the lyrics choose to augment the bass rhythm truth, they may remind you that you’re living now and that down payments on anything else are not evidence-based. They illuminate the magic in the present and cajole the victim to get up, stand up.

This music, of course is Reggae, of the roots variety. Bob Marley’s Natural Mystic was my theme song before my LADA diagnosis for all the attributes listed above. Its appropriateness now is amplified. Those of us who attempt to communicate a message on behalf of a misunderstood group can learn from Marley’s Rastafarian gospel. His positive vibration resonates even for millions without dreadlocks. Self-determination, sanctity of earth, body, and natural forces are all powerful components of Bob’s wildly successful message. And like I said, the lyric is just punctuation to the cell-level communication of the rhythm.

“There’s a natural mystic, flowing through the air;
if you listen carefully now you will hear.”

Refusing The Needle: A Diabetic’s Natural Journey To Kick-Ass Health by Russell Stamets
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tags: type 1, type 2, autoimmune, diabetes, lada, natural, alternative, diet, supplements, acupuncture, meditation, lifestyle, HAWMC, bob marley, reggae, natural mystic


  1. I agree that rhythm reaches the cells, but so does non-rythmic music, as centuries of opera and symphonic spell-binders have proven.

    In the rhythm section, think about Gregorian chants.

  2. Music's cellular connections do seem universal. There's even some science now for classical music's effects on the brain i.e. the Mozart an learning studies.