This is an invitation to an adventure in awareness, an approach to the experience of living that only makes living more real.
Let’s take a breath.
At any moment, we can be home, and home is much closer than we think. If we can just realize the reality of THIS breath, we can be at home right now, in our body, just as it is, without commenting on how it should be.
Take another breath, eyes closed………………… … then another.
There is a way of being, a way of paying attention that is fresh, like coming out of a womb, like tasting lemon for the first time.
To explore it as a pure idea would be an exercise in thinking, an exercise without life. Check in with your body; live the fullness of THIS moment.
Let's take three breaths eyes closed. “What am I sensing?”.
See for yourself how things change as you pay attention. Did you hear the leaves? the lightbulbs? Did you see shades of black inside your eyes? Did you notice an itch? Did you discover a scent? What sense was most prominent?
Let's take four breaths and zone in on another less prominent sense.
Though these acute senses brought you superpower, we are more than our body. We are more than our emotions. We are more than our thoughts.
Let's take five breaths eyes closed and discover where our thought goes when it’s roaming. Let it roam. Just follow the bread crumb like a drone, without judgment.
With stillness, we can catch our thoughts as they’re passing by. That’s what’s peculiar about thoughts, they all do that, passing by. Nothing human lasts forever.
If you enjoyed your breaths, take a few more
This very minute could feel like the first minute… of the rest of your life. Here’s a chance to begin anew.
If you enjoyed breathing more than reading, take a few breaths
Your life is already doing the doing itself.
You don’t have to do the living.
You’ve just spent 5 minutes living to the fullest. Take one last breath
No one can tell you what your path is. There is not just one way. There are manifestations of ways. Whatever ways we find, there you are.
Sometimes there are moments of not knowing.
Just as silence is as integral to music as sound is, these unfolding moments are part of your own song. Find comfort in uncertainty.
A teacher is, by definition, a learner. Specialization has made the field of music a puzzle where not all pieces fit together. With the possibility of a variety of ways to share knowledge, it's time for music teachers to share their wisdom to one another. A new direction and platform is needed at this time, to advocate for music and the arts in society.