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Oakland, CA
USA

 My name is Ariel Root Wolpe. I am a Jewish musician, artist, and community organizer. I love figuring out spiritual community and transforming people's hearts through music.

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Freedom Workshop

Valerie Wolpe

I recently ran a workshop themed on freedom. The attendees and I sat in a circle, and I began with a meditation, which evolved into breath based vocalizations. It was amazing to see and feel what a simple exercise can do for us: we were all cast into serenity, eyes closed, breathing evenly. When I stopped I couldn’t move onto the next section for many minutes, everyone needed to just soak into the new atmosphere we had created. Finally I started playing my song Dragon’s Egg, in which the singer, a bird, relinquishes her freedom of flight in the sun-filled world to care for an egg she knew would soon bring her joy. She knew this because she saw it in a dream, and despite her bird instinct and her troubled community, she followed her dream into darkness.

It is so hard to relinquish our freedom to pursue a passion that will limit us in the moment. But we are always far more limited when we hold back, and it is this lesson I am constantly re-teaching myself. To relinquish myself to the challenging visions of my mind that wants to change the world through action, to my heart that yearns to heal the world through love. To get up the courage to expose myself in unfamiliar territory. Thank you to everyone who came to my workshop and created this experience: the journey was so beautiful.