We had the good fortune of connecting with Swara Nanda and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Swara, we’d love for you to start things off by telling us something about your industry that we and others not in the industry might be unaware of?
There’s a lot of people offering self-help guidance who are motivated more by becoming rich than motivated to help the human condition at the root.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
Making music has been an integral part of my entire life; I wrote my first song when I was just 4 years old. As a young adult, I turned my primary attention from being a successful musician and performer, to studying and practising meditation. During this time of theological and sociological studies, I also composed music for guided mediations and honed my skills as a sound healer. In 2020 I launched my first weekend Meditation Retreat, “Enlighten Up! Retreat.” I also recorded my first World Symphonic Soundtrack album, “Steeped in Shadow Bathed in Light,” which combines my years of experience as a Transformational Meditation practitioner with my years of experience as a music composer and sound healer. The Meditation Retreat I offer is infused with the music that I write. Being able to guide people into experiences of deep spiritual healing through music and meditation has been a life-long journey. It has required decades of practise, devotional service, determination, unwavering faith and an enormous amount of patience as Spirit has asked me to wait, time and time again, wait until the time is right. Now, when so many people are experiencing confusion and mental duress from the pandemic and civil unrest, now is the time to offer affordable, online Meditation Retreats so people can heal in a safe space. Meditation Retreats are no longer just for the privileged who have the means to afford the time and cost for these types of weekend or sometimes week long Meditation experiences. There’s a lot of fluff out there in the self-help guru scene. There’s a lot of people who are vulnerable to the trappings of offerings (that cost a lot of money) that promise the key to financial and personal freedoms. There’s a lot of cult environments that prey on the weakness of the mind that many people are experiencing right now. What I offer is a cult-free, get rich quick scheme-free space to heal; to be heard; to release; to gain perspective and to be held energetically in a group setting. Music is the language of the soul. Meditation is medicine.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
I’ll speak from the perspective that social distancing is not an issue…First, we would have to hit Yak and Yetti’s in Old Arvada for some amazing dinner, then take a walk to one of the local bars in the same area for a gourmet cocktail or local brew. Then, we would go to the Mountains for a hike or camp out for a few days. Mercury Cafe would be a must. Take a drive to Dank Dispensary and stay for a yoga class at Twisted Sister Yoga if they’re open. Dinner at Fat Sullies on Tennyson St. would be another highlight. Otherwise, we’d kick it at home, cook our own food, make some music, dance to some techno and drink way too many Martini’s.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
Kalindi, my meditation teacher. She saw my depth as a sincere yogi when others couldn’t and she always believed in my music abilities and pushed me to do more than I ever knew I could.