Peace, Love And Overstanding

In his lyrics and choice of words, Bob Marley will sometimes say "overstand" instead of "understand." The meanings are subtly different. "Overstanding" is a Rastafarian turn of phrase. It implies more than basic understanding, something like having "the big picture." The sound of the word "overstanding" adds vibrations of positivity, strength and respect. This kind of word play is common in Rastafarian speech, where deep beliefs may be folded into a simple twist of language. Another example is the preference to say "standing in love," which suggests something active and uplifting, rather than just "falling in love."

“IT’S BEEN SAID THAT PEOPLE WITH OVERSTANDING CAN DO MORE THAN READ FROM LIFE’S BOOK, BUT CAN HELP WRITE IT.”

They can apply their wisdom and thoughtful consideration to make useful new ideas, fresh assessments and positive actions. In his pursuit of overstanding, Bob felt strongly about the value of casting aside your assumptions and opening yourself to truly see and think. In that simple step, he found a path for each of us to discover greater meaning, peace and strength to make a better world. The first order of business, Marley suggests, is taking the time to look within and ponder our actions.

Though raised in the hard streets of Trenchtown and full of ambition, Bob’s own reflection led him to follow the values of generosity, fairness and love. "The greatness of a man is not in how much wealth he acquires, but in his integrity and his ability to affect those around him positively." When asked later in his career if he was now rich, he answered, "Possessions make you rich? I don’t have that kind of richness. My richness is life, forever."

“I WENT DEEP INSIDE MYSELF. I HAD TIME TO EXPLORE MY BELIEFS AND BECAUSE OF THAT I’M STRONGER.”

Bob’s life holds lessons in both daily kindness and inspired service to the greater good. His music works to ease our minds and unravel threads of kind wisdom. As Bob’s wife Rita observes, "Bob always wanted his lyrics to give a positive message of love, peace and unity." He famously calls the herb "the healing of the nation," encouraging peaceful insights and deep values. A light in the darkness, one might say, on the journey to overstanding.

True to his vision, we at Marley Natural believe that an open mind is our best hope for seeing things as they are, as well as what they can be. And that opens the door to compassion, respect and making a difference. Bless!

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