“I like the idea that we come empty handed and we go empty handed. It’s like two moments of nothingness that we are living in between….Nothing is mine when i’m here, nothing is mine when I leave, so can I live more in a way that I am offering more of myself to the planet when I am here?” ~ Nimo Patel
EPISODE 23 – NIMO PATEL ON SIMPLICITY, SERVICE AND SONGWRITING
SERVING WITH EMPTY HANDS – LEARNING THE LAW OF LOVE
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About this interview:
What does it truly mean to serve and where do we start?
In this episode Amisha meets musician and humanitarian Nimesh ‘Nimo’ Patel. Nimo tells the story of his early life, growing up in privilege and enjoying material success. After the horror of 9/11, he began to rethink his direction in life. A call from an old school friend planted a potent seed, which later led him to a brand new adventure.
Plagued by ill health after a stint working in financial services and an early career as a Hip Hop artist, Nimo went to India to heal his body. After successful Ayurvedic treatment he began volunteering at the Gandhi Ashram in Ahmedabad running a music project with the children in the slums through Manav Sadna. This first project marked the beginning of working closely with underprivileged children and their families to bring their voices to the world.
Nimo shares with us some powerful lessons received from the children, their families and the teachings of Mahatma Gandhi during his time in India. He talks about giving away all of his belongings, recording every rupee he spent for three years and the deep inner work that went along with it.
Together Nimo and Amisha dive into the true meaning of service. Nimo explains how he returned to creating his own music and why he decided to give the resulting album away for free.
“What does it really mean to serve? To help, to try to be of service, to see where in society we can support or alleviate suffering and be a part of the effort to do that.” Nimo Patel
Born and raised in Los Angeles, Nimo found his way to his current work in India via an Ivy League education, finding fame as a rap star with MTV and a stint working on Wall Street. His Empty Hands project works to spread seeds of goodness through its music, events & sharings all across the world, as well as through grassroots, arts-based service work from the Gandhi Ashram, for underprivileged children in the slums of Ahmedabad, Gujarat, India.
To find out more about Nimo and download his music for free, visit www.emptyhandsmusic.org
To connect or work with Amisha Ghadiali, visit www.amisha.co.uk
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