My heart is full of joy in sharing the powerful work of Nimo Patel. To describe his worldly accomplishments and accolades does not accurately convey the purity and depth of his essence. However, for context I will share a brief bio.
From an Ivy League education to Wall street to fame and fortune as a MTV Rap star, at some point along Nimo's journey he realized that we was walking a path of suffering and that the only path to light was through selfless service to others and his own internal purification. For the past seven and half years, Nimo has been serving and working with the underprivileged communities at the Gandhi Ashram in India.
After settling into his work at the Gandhi Ashram, Nimo reconnected with his musical roots. Inspired to share his soul's evolution through music and art, Nimo formed Empty Hands Music and collaborates with musicians across musical genres and engages with diverse communities around the globe in the development of inspirational music videos produced with the pure intention of increasing love on the planet. His music is a vibrant and soulful affirmation of what is beautiful about our human experience and acts as a direct expression of our oneness. As a mom of three, it is a pleasure to use the Empty Hands music videos as teaching tools and odes of joy in our home.
Nimo graciously shares his reflections on this month’s theme of Parenting:
Planting seeds of love and life.
Our world is quite conditioned and wired to celebrate the fruits. But the real beauty in life is planting seeds and nurturing the roots. Though I’m not a biological parent, I feel quite responsible for doing my tiny part in helping in the raising of our youth on this planet. I’m not sure there are more important seeds to plant for our children than the actual transformation we bring in our selves. To me the best parenting and the most sustainable practice for our species is a commitment to the purification of one’s own heart and mind. What does that mean? It means committing to the practice of being more patient, more aware, more grateful, more kind, more forgiving and so on. But to be more patient in this fast-paced life is quite a challenge. And thus commitment to this inner work is most important step. This is the deepest root of good parenting—is to just practice being a good human being. The fruits we seek of good children turning into good and/or successful human beings—and doing everything we can to facilitate that path of success and goodness, all lies at the deepest root level. Our own being. Our own spirit. Our own practice of our deepest values. Children are like sponges, as we all know. They will soak in poison if there’s poison around, or they will soak in sacred natural spring water if that is around.
We have the choice to dig deep and shift our habit patterns towards compassion and courage. But it’s not easy.
May we all find the compassion and courage to become the greatest instruments not only for our children, but for our planet.
You can watch more of Nimo’s music videos and download his latest album, “Empty Hands” for free here.