Seriously, do it. If you haven’t had a music festival experience, especially a multimedia/transformational festival, you haven’t quite lived. These festivals are about encouraging you to let your guard down, give and receive love, and have a good time. At a music festival, you can release your inhibitions, throw caution to the wind, and let your spirit run free. The energy is high, the vibes are right, and the people are beautiful. It’s impossible not to spend the weekend smiling and basking in the glory that is your life.
Music is the rhythm of the soul. It is such an important part of our lives as far as connecting to vibrational energy and allowing your body to move freely and fluidly. Something magical happens when we lose ourselves in the rhythm and beat. Our bodies are pushed and pulled and twisted and turned in directions we don’t normally move. Something larger than life takes over and pushes our suppressed emotions and our fears through our blood and out our fingertips. Close your eyes and surrender, and let the beat drive your lips into a smile and your heart into oblivion. Allow yourself to be vulnerable. Nobody is judging you, you get to be free.
So many of my most meaningful relationships have been cultivated at music festivals. In fact I would not be the person I am today if it weren’t for my experiences at these places. The beautiful thing about transformational festivals is that everyone is there for the same reason- to let go and have fun! It is so easy to chat up the person next to you, because everyone is receptive to one another. It doesn’t matter if you’re dressed up as a giraffe, a fairy, or in board shorts and a tank. At transformational festivals, everyone is equal and everyone is light. You never know who you’ll meet that may change your life forever.
Festival food is the bomb. Depending on where you are, it’s usually pretty reasonably priced (think $8-$12 per meal, unless you’re at Coachella where it’s like $30 and insanely overpriced, *ehem). I like to pack as much superfood as I can, but I always leave an allowance for myself to buy food. One, because it’s extremely important to nourish yourself considering you are burning thousands of calories each day, and two, because it’s damn good.
Many festivals today (and I refer to these as transformational festivals) offer multimedia experiences. Interactive art, yoga and meditation, dance classes, motivational speakers, arts and crafts, and so much more. It is impossible not to feel inspired by the people who have put their heart and soul into making their dreams come true. I have learned so much about life, love, and myself through these different mediums of expression. There is something for everyone, and often times you’ll find you’ve left a different person then you came.
Dressing up is half the fun of pretty much anything. But at festivals you can really get creative and expressive in your attire and it’s so much fun! I love to see what other people come up with. So many trends, yet so many unique looks. And I love that everyone is dirty, sweaty, sun kissed and raw. It’s just the best.
I think we can all agree that we are living in a time where love is seriously lacking. Equality is diminishing and respect for one another is crumbling. But it doesn’t have to be this way! The more we expose ourselves to love, positive environments, inspiration, and good energy, the easier it is to incorporate that into our daily lives and spread the love. I learned how to let my guard down at music festivals. I learned how to be free and to recognize the beauty in every single person, even if we may not see eye to eye at times. It’s okay to love one another regardless of our beliefs and backgrounds. At the end of the day, we all want the same thing- to love and to be loved. It feels good to support one another. It feels good to be vulnerable and honest. It feels good to be authentic and know that nobody’s opinion about you matters, as long as you feel good about the person you are. You can learn so much about yourself if you allow yourself to go there. Transformational festivals saved my life, and if you let them, they can change your life too.
I look forward to sharing more about my festival experiences with you here on Aura Avenue. If you would like to follow along with me on a more personal level, you can follow my blog Wild & Boss, where I get deep and personal with the world and share my inner most thoughts and experiences. Support me as I chase my dreams of becoming a public speaker, dance performer, and preacher of love. I am dedicating my life to spreading positive messaging, one festival at a time.