In this intriguing interview, Belinda Carlisle speaks about her journey since the days of Go-Go’s and her solo career (listen to the new and beautiful slowed down version of Heaven is a Place on Earth1), with Kundalini yoga, chant music…leading to this album Wilder Shores.
Belinda speaks about what is kundalini yoga, which is completely different than hatha yoga for example. She was introduced nearly 30 years ago and she still goes to class, and almost always goes to the Sat Nam Fest at Joshua Tree, USA. It was at age 40 when she was dropped by her music label that she began looking for something bigger than herself. She explored buddhism (that book – The Buddha in Your Mirror), chanting, and more than a decade ago found sobriety. Chanting hours a day helped her through the “mess that caught up with me”. A new phase of her life happened with a kundalini experience that “changed everything for me and it took two weeks to process.”
The seed of making of a chant album goes back five years. Staying with her roots as a pop singer (not a kirtan singer2) and infusing with her personal practice comes the album Wilder Shores.
Listen to this interview to hear what her realizations were, the most amazing part of her journey, and be inspired and transported by some of the chants from the album.
In Kundalini Yoga the most important thing is your experience. It goes right to your heart. No words can replace your experience. Your mind may accept the words or it may not, but your consciousness will not accept just words.
Yogi Bhajan, The Aquarian Teacher Training manual
1 First performed acoustically at a yoga event to support Marianne Williamson. She shared this version during the Savasana pose portion of Seanne Corn’s class and many people responded to it, seeing it as a song of hope. You can also hear this song in this interview. And if you want to sing along, here are the lyrics. (click on the link below)
2 Kirtan is Mantra Meditation “to praise that which is exalted”, a direct experience of heart opening, combining voice with traditional instruments such as harmonium.
In kirtan, we sing our praises to the divine in the many forms in which it manifests.
cover photo for this article by Joshua Cowan of Old Harry Rocks, Dorset, England.