Maranda Pleasant: Hey, Ziggy, how are you?
Ziggy Marley: I’m good
MP: What is it that inspires you the most?
ZM: God. The answer is God. What inspires me is the universe. It’s hard to explain. That would be the most appropriate answer. That would be the best answer at this point in time.
MP: What is love to you?
ZM: Love is many things also. But love is mostly action. Love is cheering and sharing and compassion, and giving and receiving. Love is an action thing more than a word thing, that brings comfort or joy, or relief to anyone or anything. Animals, the planet, a person. Many different ways of expressing itself. Love is a positive effect. Love can never have a negative effect, only a positive effect. That would be the revelation of love. If you have a question of whether this is love, think about the effect.
MP: What do you do with emotional pain?
ZM: I’m my own psychologist. I’ve found a way. I’ve found a way to be with it in my own consciousness. I would say that accepting whatever it is, whatever thing I’m going through, and then letting it go. Continually moving forward in terms of process. I don’t linger on it too much, you know. I need to move forward.
The physical way I do it is exercise. I go running. I go into nature. I really alleviate lot of emotional stress, any kind of stress I’m going through—exercise is my favorite medicine. Activity, creativity, going into my garden. Doing something that is productive is a great way to alleviate emotional stress. Get your mind doing something that is productive. I find that helps me so. It’s not a cookie cutter thing. This is not advice to everybody, this is just my way of doing things.
It don’t last forever, the pain. Realize that tomorrow is coming. Move further from this pain and this stress. There is always a way and always hope in the next sunrise, and in the next second, and in the next minute.
MP: Thank you for not only being your psychologist, but now you’re also my psychologist. [laughing]
You have this beautiful children’s book, I Love You, Too, that’s coming out. What was it in you that wanted to create a book like this?
ZM: Coming from children’s album I did a few years ago, called Family Time. The song on the album, which the book is based on, “I Love You, Too,” is again a positive affirmation. And I wouldn’t mind doing more in the kid’s world because I think that might be just where I can be most useful to society, to the planet, if I can speak to children. I’ve continued to pursue being a part of their lives as much as I can be. Inspiring hope for them, creating the next generation of kids that maybe can make the world a better place than we will leave it for them.
MP: You have a new album that you’re releasing?
ZM: We just released a live album, which is some work from some shows I did on a couple of tours. I’m going to be doing a couple of shows, some shows in Mexico and Brazil. Everything’s going on.
MP: Do you love it? I was a painter before I started this magazine, and there’s some pieces that you love and there’s some pieces that you really freaking love. Is this one of those albums that you’re like, I really love this?
ZM: This album? No, not so much. I mean, listen, it’s fine for what it is. You know what I’m saying? I don’t hold it up to that level, not yet.
MP: I love that level of honesty. By the way, I posted tons of our “Love is My Origin” stickers on all your music cases last year at your concert in Colorado. If you find them, that was me.
ZM: That’s funny.
MP: I’m a vegetarian and hemp and coconut oil save me. You have a line of products, yes?
ZM: Well, I have a thing called Ziggy Marley Organics, where we have some flavored coconut for cooking. Orange, almond. A couple of flavors there that you cook with. And then roasted hemp seeds, which are roasted in the shells, it’s not like shelled hemp. I especially like those.
MP: With the organics, why is it so important, do you think? Your music feeds the soul, and this food is probably the healthiest thing on the planet for feeding body. Do you have a passion for organics?
ZM: Organic and non-GMO. This is also non-GMO, which is genetically modified foods. To me, everything is connected. We’re a part of nature. We are organic beings. None of us were—all of us come out of a woman. That’s the way we’re growing. They haven’t figured out how to start human life inorganically. In terms of a woman’s womb, that’s where we grow. And so, everything that we put into our bodies should also be of nature, a part of that cycle of nature. Once you start messing with that—as I said, everything is connected. Once you start messing with psychological well-being, we get more and more messed up.
So food is important part, not just in our physical well-being, but in our psychological well-being. The more chemicals that are in our food and the more outside of the way it is intended by nature, the more we are messing with things that we probably don’t know the full effect of.
Kids out there now have learning issues. Having mental issues. And everybody is looking towards what drug to give them, but is anyone looking at the food that the children are eating? What you’re eating has a big impact. Everything is connected. There is nothing that is not connected. So food is very important. Having a food line gives me a chance to talk about stuff like that. Hopefully people hear that a part of what hurts society has a lot to do with the diet, the food that you’re eating. So let’s be careful.
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