The inauguration of Trevor Hall’s 2016 tour began with a stop in Minnesota—many familiar faces gathered to be a part of the experience. Opening act, reggae artist Cas Haley, put on a beautiful showing, generating a feel-good atmosphere that had the crowd on their feet dancing and singing along, fostering a strong sense of community among the audience.

Opening act and reggae artist Cas Haley performing at The Minnesota Zoo Amphitheater on 7/13/2016.
Opening act and reggae artist Cas Haley performing at The Minnesota Zoo Amphitheater on 7/13/2016.

Feelings of love & immediate connection filled the air as Trevor Hall made his way on stage, beaming with joy. From the first chords of the song, souls began to soar, igniting the family around him—feeling the unifying power of music.

Trevor Hall beaming with joy as he took the stage in Minnesota on 7/13/2016.
Trevor Hall beaming with joy as he took the stage in Minnesota on 7/13/2016.

After I finished taking photos, I left the concert & put away my camera for the night. As I began making my way back to the amphitheater, my normal walk became lighter, until I found myself sprinting—the pounding beat of “Green Mountain State” feeding the rush of life & urgency through my body, winding up the distant paths back to the familiar sounds, the voice of Trevor Hall calling across the treetops—making it feel as if I were coming home.

Trevor Hall
Trevor Hall giving an uplifting and inspiring performance at The Minnesota Zoo Amphitheater.

Hall’s music emphasizes that there is always something to be learned from life, with different perspectives and new teachings around every corner. Filled with wisdom of travels & adventure, Hall took a moment between songs to do just that—enlightening us on how “Bowl Of Light” came to be:

“A Hawaiian story, the bowl of light represents our true essence: pure light, pure love. When we are conscious & respectful of this light, we are living in our highest state of freedom, our sovereignty.

The stones in the bowl represent the pain & suffering that we cause ourselves by resisting life instead of trusting it, & by not accepting others or ourselves as we are. If we fill our bowl of light with stones, we lose connection with our essence & feel separate from the source of love & light.

The reality is that all of our experiences, both painful & pleasurable, will always be part of who we are. It’s not possible to deny or eliminate them. What we can do is return the light to our bowl so that the memories of our wounds no longer affect us negatively. Starting again by turning our bowls upside down, emptying our stones, & bringing light back into our life.”

Amidst the smiles & friendly faces, you didn’t leave the show feeling like it was over, but inspired to be more mindful wherever life may take you.