Alicia Keys is a mom and artist who is approaching enlightenment. The singer shared her experience with meditation and how it is helping her become a better artist and mom during the Together conference in Brooklyn, New York.
“I needed to clear the negative space, the negative people in my space,” she said. “My purpose is so much bigger, it’s so much bigger than me.”
Alicia’s kids, Egypt and Genesis, are at the forefront of her pursuit of mental health. “It definitely has given me a whole new perspective,” she said of motherhood. “I’m overly accommodating, like sickeningly so. I’m becoming better at that,” Keys added.
The ‘We Are Here’ singer admitted that meditation was a challenge when she started out. “I started time and time [again], tried it, fell asleep,” she revealed. Now, it seems that Keys cannot live without the practice.
“Some days I have 15 minutes, some days I have 40 minutes, some days I have five minutes where I have to take that time, because if I don’t I literally feel off,” the celebrity mom shared with Together attendees. “And I can tell the difference in the choices that I’m making… my center is off. I feel shaken a bit more, but when I do it I feel sturdy.”
Feeling “sturdy” is essential when you have a blended family. It was just a few weeks ago that Alicia Keys honored Mashonda Tifrere in her latest single, Blended Family (What You Do For Love). “The understanding, compassion and support we’ve found is a powerful testament to the healing that comes when we choose love,” Alicia told fans on the eve of her song’s release. “Especially for the kids,” she added, “the most important part of our lives. Celebrating Mashonda for our commitment to each other with support and true growth.”
Alicia Keys has two kids with husband Swizz Beatz. The singer has three bonus children, including Mashonda and Swizz’s son, from previous relations. Check out Blended Family (What You Do For Love) below and catch Alicia Keys’ latest album,Here, in stores on November 4, 2016.