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Aaron Ableman Aaron Ableman edutainer. musician. balancer.

Aaron Ableman is an acclaimed "edutainer." He grew up under the mentorship of Hopi elders and children's musician Raffi, and has shared stages with K'NAAN and Joan Baez, among others. [www.balanceedutainment.com]

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When I was eight, I had an experience that transformed me. I went to Nicaragua with my mother, who was a public health nurse serving in an orphanage in very adverse conditions during the war there. We shared a military cot and I remember waking up in that foreign land and being incredibly scared about what was going on. During those nights, I discovered something deep inside myself that comforted me. I was able to translate that comfort through the pen – I had a little sketchbook and my mother gave me a pen that wrote in different colors.

I processed my experience by making doodles, writing down thoughts, or telling the story of the day. The creative act of writing and making art allowed the scared child I was to find some resolve and peace.

My mother’s purpose in taking me to Nicaragua was not to put me in jeopardy, but to open my eyes to the way other people in the world live and to show me how it’s possible to serve people in need. Taking me with her to Nicaragua was one of the greatest gifts my mother gave me.

I’m a student of how my own transformation can serve the transformation of the world and how the power of creativity can be applied to social and environmental issues. The more I apply my creative gifts in the arts and music, as a communicator and educator, the more I feel like I’m changing the world in a positive way.

I’m interested in how my own personal experiences can be an example for creating the kind of world I want to live in, and I’m excited about the results I’m getting. The more I meditate and devote myself to integrity, the more I value life and service, the more I put the principles I’m passionate about to work in my own life – the more change I see in my community, my state, my country, and the world.

I’m continuously humbled and amazed by how challenging and powerful it can be to activate one’s own empowerment and self-knowledge. Maintaining a steady practice of music, writing, yoga, and meditation helps me maintain a clear perspective about why I’m doing what I’m doing.

Having a good sense of humor is important. I try to not take things too seriously, even in crazy, serious situations. It’s easy to get caught up in the drama of everything right now, but if you’re centered and have a clear perspective, you’re invincible – even in a war zone.

– Aaron Ableman

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