Today is going to be a different type of post as I feel led by God…
I am going to write a letter to Jason Mraz, an amazing sonwriter and artist among other things but most importantly my spiritual guide through his music, although he would never know and I did not know until a few minutes ago on his live Youtube video, see link at end of letter if interested in more about him (still trying to figure out how to post this, it should be there shortly).
I will start my letter with a Sanskrit mantra to greet him and make the request for permission to play his music on my podcasts, featuring I’m yours for the Intro i won’t give up and Have it all for the closing. I don’t want anything else from him except to never stop making music and a box of Avocados from Mraz farm lol seriously I want the avocados…
Om Namah Shivaya
(I honor the divinity which resides within me is it’s translation)
Words cannot do justice what your music has meant to me since I received the gift of Schizophrenia in 2006. I had prayed to be able to suffer for God and I guess He took me seriously because I was at Mass on Easter vigil that year when it came upon me. Suddenly, fiercely and unceasingly. I started receiving urgent messages from God and they haunted me even when I was sleeping. I heard the voice of Jesus on one occasion and of Mary on another and that was the extent of my voices but constant thought insertion along with believing I was very special which is hard to talk about.
So where does your music come in? I really don’t know exactly but I have to be hones that the first song I heard of yours, “Beautiful Mess” didn’t do anything for me. My daughter who introduced me to it thought it was the greatest but I was like, nah not for me.
Fast-forward several years and after I felt suicidal, dark and despairing I heard the song, “I won’t give up”. It became my mantra and is still special to me to this day because I haven’t given up. Much suffering has been in my life due to my disability and there is a lot in between but right now I want to get to the good part.
I love to read and stumbled rather feel was led by God through auspicious events to purchase a book called Sadhana (Way to God) through spiritual exercises. Well I am not one who always follows things in the order presented but for some reason I embarked upon the first exercise which was to sit, just sit in silence for ten minutes. Well I wish I could say I did the ten but was distracted by my dogs who are my frequent company. I did about 5, so half is good and during that silence all I could think or the idea that was presented to me was, “I want you to have it all.” It was not your music although I have listened to that song since it first came out every day and it just came on on my Spotify which is very fitting don’t you think?
The Divine want us all to Have it all, not mini storage containers as things and fame and money are fleeting as I know you know…. but He wants us all to possess peace and joy and serenity and let me take a deep breath, been doing a lot this week especially during your movie I saw last night with 4 people in the theater but I sang and danced in my chair! So I enjoyed every minute with my dear daughter who has been with me throughout my whole mental disorder journey to recovery which is now in full force. I start teaching in two weeks a Sociology 101 class at our local community college. How fun will that be to inspire young minds in the classroom again. But I will spare all the details of my last half a year since February 2018 when I was suicidal and reached out for help to my daughter….So much good and hard times again through it all, ah but such is life no? Ups and downs, joy and sadness ever fleeting.
I didn’t mention it but I published a book about a portion of my recovery from a mental disorder which took 8 years to write and was published in January 2018.
See schizophreniarecovery.us to learn more about my book which journals my recovery.
Profits of my book which will be the subject of some of my podcasts will go to CureSZ who is run by a friend of mine of whom I have become quite close. Excitedly I will meet her in September in San Diego, first time face to face! And your concert in September also. Love watching you perform, not because of the music or songs, those are great too, but rather your enthusiasm and the God-given talent you possess in your face and expressions during the songs. Sorry if that’s weird but positivity is contagious!
So I will close with this and await your answer to my request to play, excerpts of “i’m Yours”, “I won’t give up” and “Have it All” for all my podcasts.
Me in a nutshell- A Catholic Buddhist (is that possible) married woman (26 years since 1992), mother of three wonderful and amazing children of whom all love me very much and each support me in their own way), a teacher now after years being unable to work, and a person with Schizoaffective Disorder. I list that last because I do not allow it to define me, after all I prayed for suffering and God does not disappoint! Only after great pain can one know great joy and I am so very blessed these days but feel the urgency to get my book out there and so be it. Amen!
Thank you if you actually read this, I await your answer and my box of avocados lol
Which is just my pen name due to my husband’s request for my anonymity. If you could please keep him in your thoughts for peace for all in this world.
Thank you Jason. I truly have it all and need nothing more than your permission!