HOUSTON, Texas - "Music is the ultimate healer. It wraps us up in its waves and warms us. When we feel a certain way we look for songs that carry that same feeling and listen to them. It helps us understand ourselves."
Cristina Urquieta opened up about the healing power of musik and how it's impacted her life. She's the front-woman of Metanoia, a Houston-grown band known for its high energy performances fusing ska, punk, reggae, rock 'n roll, with a splash of latin.
"There have been so many times when I was hurt, sad, angry, depressed, and I didn't know what to do, but to grab my instrument and just practice. It is everything to me and I understand the healing powers it holds," says Urquieta.
But how do you heal when the "medicine" runs out?
Just a few months into 2020, the gigs stopped, venues closed and packed crowds became a thing of the past. The new reality for most musicians shifted to a virtual audience behind the record button.
"At first I was really anxious because there was no stage time to look forward to, but now is the time to create! Now is the time to adapt!" advises Urquieta, "Focus on what you are trying to accomplish with your music and see how you can channel that into a virtual world. This is a good challenge."
And challenge accepted at that. She may be petite in stature, but Urquieta packs an undeniable punch with the things she's passionate about.
"Music is one single mode. There are many ways to reach people and encourage healing and growth."
Urquieta has taken to social media the past several months to share the importance of balance during these hard-to-navigate times. She's opened up daily about healthy lifestyle choices that keep her best equipped to battle the uncertain days ahead. Now, she incorporates live musik as the warm-up to her online yoga and meditation sessions.
"Meditation and yoga and eating healthy and consciously are all a part of building the body, the temple that houses and supports the mind, which in turn houses the spirit," says Urquieta.
I've been very familiar with Urquieta, working closely with her at musik fesitivals and intimate live experiences. And while I've been fond of her talents behind the mic, getting to know the person she is outside of the musik has made me feel more connected than ever. Urquieta's actions speak volumes.
"It is very important for me to be rounded and share all aspects of growth and healing. Music will reach people faster, but inner work, innerstanding, inner healing takes time and can be accessed though these other modes."
Innerstanding. I love that. Understanding the inner you.
Urquieta's bravery to share the very life ingredients that define her flavor has boldly impacted my journey back to health.
"To the ones who are struggling, with everything going on, it's understandable. Do not be hard on yourselves. If you need a break take a break. There is never anything wrong with stopping to breathe."
Urquieta is a true musik healer who's dedication to make herself better is making a powerful impact.
She reminds other musik makers, "Use this [time] as a catalyst to revamp yourself. Yes, music is number one, but we need be diverse. We need to have many skill sets, so we can reach more people. Find what else you love and see what you can do with that. Be patient," says Urquieta.
Yes, because patience really is a virtue that can help us all tap into the true harmony that lies within.
I look forward to the day I see Cristina Urquieta shine on stage again, but in the meantime, she's glowing like never before.