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Saweetie Shares Her Meditation Practice
Away from the chaos of the music industry, the rapper visualizes a higher purpose with the aid of palo santo.
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Interview by Sandra E. Garcia
Meditation helps me center myself. One of my mentors told me about it, and I started last October. With it, I get myself out of difficulties and any problems I’m facing — it’s about alignment, recentering and refreshing my body, spirit, soul and mind. When I meditate, I like to listen to soothing music and surround myself with plants and flowers. So far, I’ve only done it indoors, but I’d love to have an outdoor session at some point.
The artist, a longtime fan of the band the Internet, reveals “Hold On” (2018) to be her current favorite by the group.CreditCredit…Kurt Collins
There can be a lot of ideas and opinions simultaneously happening in my life at any one time, so it’s important that I meditate before anything so that I know my vision is clear. This practice — of lighting palo santo, of sitting quietly — has also made me grow as a person; through it, I’ve discovered my purpose, which is to inspire and empower women. Once I reached this deeper sense of self, it triggered my interest and passion for music. Now I know why I’m here.
Because musicians work in such chaotic environments, I have to make sure that I’m not acting erratic and being impulsive. I just take my time. I’m patient. I want to make sure that what I’m doing has intention. We all respond to energy — it has an effect on our bodies.
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Saweetie wears a Fendi bra, $530, fendi.com; Salvatore Ferragamo pants, $1,350, ferragamo.com; Completedworks earrings, $274, and ring (on left hand), $587, completedworks.com; Darius necklaces, $22,000-$26,200 each, and rings (on right hand), $12,650 and $33,000, dariusjewels.com; and her own headband.Credit…Photograph by Joshua Kissi. Styled by Ian Bradley
When I meditate, I like to visualize: I’ve manifested a lot that has happened in my life. Before I learned how to meditate, I’d write down ideas or create a vision board, and all of it’s come true. I feel like meditation only strengthens that superpower.
If I could go back, I’d have started when I was young. My kids will definitely be meditating.
This interview has been edited and condensed.
Production: Noted Collective. Hair: Kendall Dorsey at Factory Downtown. Makeup: Evelyn McCullough. Digital tech: Pamela Grant. Photo assistant: Brandon Yee. Hair assistant: Kherrington Gross