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Bif Naked

Date:: June, 2011

Bif Naked is an amazing singer, performer, yogini and bright spirit of beauty and creativity! She also happens to be a Juno Award-winning, multi-platinum record selling Canadian singer-songwriter, actress and motivational speaker.

The Spice Mistress is honoured to welcome Bif Naked as the focus of this month’s Pancha Q.

1. How do you begin your day?

Bif: Each day I wake up, preferably during the earliest hours of the day, around 3 or 4am. I believe I have been waking at this time since I was in my teens. these are my most sacred hours of any day, The Ambrosial Hours, when I can quietly and mindfully greet the day with my heart open and set my intention. I give thanks, while still in bed, for opening my eyes, and listening to the sounds in the room: whether I am at home with my beloved dog, 14yr old Maltese, Nicklas (who survived with me through the years and everything that came with them… tour buses, airplanes, relationships, and the death of our own, sweet Bichon, Annastasia, who Transcended while I still was in deep treatment for cancer).

I am a single dogmommy, and my wee pup is my purpose and, basically, my child. My ovaries were taken out after I completed chemotherapy and radiation, so I suppose my dog is the closest thing I will have to a kid. LOL!  Each day I start with grateful reflection, no matter where we are, and no matter what is going on around us. Life is a gift. I have always been this way, since I was a child.

2. What’s one piece of life changing health advice you can share with others?

Bif: The best advice I can give is the Truth. Laugh. Laughter through any hardship, whether it is illness, heartbreak, or struggle, will change your heart in that moment, and keep it lighter throughout the day. joyfulness can be found in the hearts of humans all over the world, who can overcome such great tragedies, that we in this Western-privileged life have got to keep those who suffer so much more than we, in our hearts and minds.

When we think of, and remember, how blessed we are we can only feel lucky and we must endeavour to laugh at our problems and hardships, as it removes power from them. Laughter can heal the heart, mind, and body. It is the one thing that will always keep us going.

3. What’s one thing that gives you hope for the future?

Bif: One of the things that gives me hope in the future is dreaming. When we dream and daydream and imagine and envision, we can create. Anything and everything is always possible, and when we dream it- it can happen, we just have to keep that belief in our heart and on our mind. If we dream of a future, no matter how Utopian, it can manifest. never lose your dreams. I never lose mine. Dreams are my hope, and my hope lies in my dreams.

4. Any lifestyle ‘Crimes against Wisdom’ (Prajnaparadha) that challenge you?

Bif: I don’t know exactly what a “Crime Against Wisdom” is as I have never really done anything other than what feels good for my lifestyle. I stopped alcohol and cigarettes when I was about 23, and I never really did much in the way of drug use. I started smoking cigarettes when I was 11years old, and I was a runaway. I stopped all that behaviour, originally, motivated by my need to be alert and professional, at all times, as I started touring and performing, and being a tour manager very young. I started my company when I was 23. (My record label) was created as a vehicle to put my cds out, as, at that time, none of the executives believed I could “get played on the radio”. I was not concerned about anything other than the nightly performances, which often ran 90 minutes.

I was a vegetarian, and then a vegan, by the time I was 25. Due to touring, I had no real access to food, and my bands were always satisfied with pizza and beer LOL! and I never wanted to complain, so I did not eat or search for something I could eat, lest it inconvenience anyone else. As a result, I was anorexic by the time I was in my late twenties, and battled my eating disorder for over a decade. Only, I didn’t know I had one. I just knew I needed very little food and sleep to perform. Finally, I was a fruitarian for five years, as all I could easily find on tour was often bananas and oranges and cucumbers and tomatoes, etc. (all fruits) I had no idea I was a “Raw Food” vegan as the popularity of the term was not in the vocabulary of a tour-bus-on-a-metal-tour. We did not have computers and I didn’t have access to the world of Raw Food communities or, even other vegans.

I just knew how I did things. Now I am no longer challenged by cigarette wishes, and I no longer “fast when stressed” (–which was all the time, due to the pressures of touring and modelling and all the things that come with being an isolated touring artist). When I started chemotherapy (which I had seventeen rounds of: one every three weeks) I gained thirty pounds within two months, but all my clothes fit the same! My body needed the healthy weight to survive and get and stay healthy, on a cellular level. I have a balance, now…but the default thinking will always exist, and I will always lean toward this defeating way of thinking. My yoga and meditation have helped me maintain a less, self-destructive lifestyle. As is the mind: so is the body.

5. A moment of beauty that inspired you today?

Todd: There is so much beauty in each day, this was the hardest question! LOL! I am in love with life. I always was. Always will be. The first thing, I found tear-jerkingly beautiful, today, were my dog’s eyelashes. I just think it is so remarkable that animals (and humans) were made (or evolved) so perfectly, so beautifully. Every single thing is so perfect, it makes my heart burst open, again and again, every single day.

Thank you for the interview, Bif. Om Shanti!

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