A Man with Soul: Freedom Bean
Freedom Bean is a composer, singer, and artist who designed the lotus art for our book. Listen to his soulful music at www.listn.to/Freedombean and check out his gorgeous prints and wearable art at www.Freedombean.com.
Describe one of the most soul-opening moments of your life. My daughter Fiona’s birth. After four days of labor, the doctor finally got her out and we found out: she’s a girl! I held her in my arms and my whole being opened up. I felt only my Love for this little girl and brave mama Tesa.
Where in the world have you felt the most in touch with your own soul? Thailand. I found a mountain Temple above Sri Racha (yes, where the hot sauce comes from). A very kind monk invited me to stay at the temple, but first I had to prove I could meditate. He sat patiently smiling as I sat in stillness for 30 minutes. Then he said ‘OK’ and gave me a little shack in the hills where I stayed for 2 weeks. It’s a special place because I deepened my meditation practice and got an inside look into a devoted monk’s life.
Describe one of the most soulful people you know. My friend Shalom Ormsby. He’s always ready to go deeply into any subject and encourages me to share my truth and holds space while I explore it. He exudes joy in almost every activity, which has shown me it’s not what you’re doing but how you do it.
What do you feel your soul’s purpose is? To share my vulnerability and show how this is actually a strong masculine trait. To redefine masculinity to encompass a wider spectrum of feeling, sharing, and listening and to show that it can hold and integrate the feminine.
Is there anything else you’d like to share with us? I recommend starting the day with toning. Find a comfortable tone and hum it, or sing your favorite song, and feel how this harmonizes the inner and the outer aspects of your being. I find this very grounding in the morning.