TIME TO CHOOSE

Padric Payton is a poet, author, lyricist and lead singer of the LA band, Via Echo.  We share a similar philosophy and both strongly believe that we are the creators of our reality. Our thoughts, feelings, and actions are what shape our day-to-day life, and it is always in our power to shift whatever doesn’t feel right.

For many of us that means taking a deeper look at ourselves and getting in touch with the intricate layers of our minds while allowing ourselves to sink into our hearts more. It also means meeting our shadow everyday with a warm embrace and doing the work to welcome every aspect of our existence. Today, Padric shares his reflective insights on choosing faith in modern times with a new song from his debut album “Life On Earth”


P | The urgency of now tugs at our hearts. The "if not now, when?" voice of our intuition is a faithful companion always trying to speak to us, to penetrate past all the fearful static in the airwaves. We live in an era of increasing distraction, fear mongering, "stress", and technological overstimulation. Stillness and tranquility are hard to come by. Understandably so, for who could relax when the world's political and economic systems seem broken and the promise of stability and security feels like a fading dream for many. We are told that our beautiful planet is being poisoned and more ecological disasters are on the horizon. In a nutshell, fear predominates the cultural conversation. It is easy to take this conversation as fact, but it is not. It is just a conversation, in which each of us gets to choose our level and tone of participation.

Many of us, myself included, feel our lives racing by but don't often feel fully here. We are in 'Warrior Mode', sleeping with one eye open, anticipating our to do list, and unconsciously carrying the burden of the national and global strife we hear so much about. It is easy to be reactive and entranced by this stress loop, but we do have a choice. In every moment we get to check in with our energetic and emotional state and decide if we like how we feel or if we don't. If we don't, we can choose new thoughts and a new focus, again and again until choosing the lighter side becomes more automatic. As Ursula K LeGuinn says in A Wizard of Earthsea "...the truth is that as a man's (or woman's) real power grows and his knowledge widens, ever the way he can follow grows narrower: until at last he chooses nothing, but does only and wholly what he must do..."

- In "Time to Choose" from my newly released album with VIA ECHO, "Life on Earth" - I touch on those moments when we feel the urgent need to change our outlook and release fear. Each human life can be seen as a tidal wave slowly moving towards the shore. We know that the wave is fierce and elemental and inevitably heading towards its end, to break in a beautiful last explosive display on the shore, the wave's individuality dissolved and pulled back to sea to join other waves, again and again. What we get to choose is whether we ride that wave in wild joy like those intrepid big wave surfers or if we panic and get caught in the undertow. There is no time to lose, but there's still time to choose.

TIME TO CHOOSE

A fire possesses my mind sometimes, and I go chasing rumors of the divine

Under the cover of night’s embrace, I take a drive to watch the ocean break

And as the moon hangs low, so does the feeling grow, I’m pulled by an unseen force, don’t need to fight no more

And it's do or die in the rising tide

There is no time to lose

But there’s still time to choose

Will it be fear or faith

Riding on a tidal wave

Riding on a tidal wave

Over and over again I grow, breaking open to the deep unknown

All of the things I thought I knew were just a mirror of my lonely view

Leaving my clothes behind, I’m one with the star specked night, not coming back to shore, until I fear no more.

And it's do or die in the rising tide

There is no time to lose

But there’s still time to choose

Will it be fear or faith

Riding on a tidal wave

Riding on a tidal wave

There is no time to lose

But there’s still time to choose

Will it be fear or faith

- Lyrics by Padric Payton. Check out more from Via Echo on their Website , Spotify, or Itunes