Matthew Busse

Hello my name is Matt 😊. After spending the first half of my life in science, I’m savoring the opportunity to express the beauty that surrounds us through my artistic passions. The wonder of nature has always soothed my soul and filled my heart, and recently I’ve been attempting to capture the awe-inspiring grandeur of the natural world through photography.

Writing has long been a comfortable form of expression for me, as a wallflower-weirdo type. I flirted with a career in freelance science writing, covering science topics for newspapers and magazines. But the universe took me down a different path, and it wasn’t until I began writing for Elephant Journal that I embraced writing as a form of self-expression, particularly expressing the full range of emotions we’re all conditioned to repress.

Music has been a part of my life since fifth grade, when I began playing trombone, following in the footsteps of my father and grandfather. While I had many wonderful experiences playing in bands in schools through college, it wasn’t until I switched to the bass guitar and singing that I found the magic of music to express feelings in ways words cannot. Singing in public is also a path for me to grow out of my fear of expressing myself in front of others.

Music (rough recordings on my personal website)

Matthew’s Recent Posts:

My Journey to Love

Hello, my name is Matt, or Matthew, or sometimes even Mateo, depending on my mood and the environment I’m in 🤣. I teach yoga and meditation here at the Abbey, and it’s been a long, strange, winding journey that led me here. My journey started on a worldly path, studying biology, training to be a…

Om Namah Shivaya

The mantra Om Namah Shivaya is an invocation of Shiva, the Hindu deity of meditation and yoga. Chanting these words help us transform into the highest possible versions of ourselves. This is a rough recording made at the Abbey of the Redwoods. We’re hopefully working on some higher quality recordings in the near future 😊.…


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