Mindfulness for musicians.
Updated: Mar 9, 2020
Have you ever struggled with the fear of never figuring it out? Or wanting so badly to be successful & follow your dream, that you allowed over-thinking & racing thoughts to convince you that you weren't good enough? And what was the outcome of that way of thinking? Paralysis.
Let's be clear, I'm not talking about when unexpected things in life happen that throw us off course. I'm talking about this never-ending feeling that you'll never succeed because of reasons A through Z & then allowing that to cause you to never take small steps towards figuring it out.
Our bodies get triggered before our minds do. Teaching yourself how to settle your body & thoughts is where it's at --- part of the answer to this is to be mindful. Fear can make us think too big & then we have to answer all the questions we come up with in our heads. If we can't solve for everything, we come to the conclusion that it's too hard & we stop moving forward.
Fear makes our thoughts race, which gets us into the mindset that we have to be perfect & if we're not, we're failing. Where is all this negative thinking & negative self talk coming from anyway? If you're like me, probably from a place of thinking when I'm 90 looking back, I'll feel the time I spent on this Earth didn't leave a mark, a legacy.
What if I told you that you're building a bridge, not the whole city? What's one step you can do today to move forward? It's about managing your fear by recognizing when it's starting to paralyze you. The antidote is to come back to today in the here and now, settle your thoughts & body. Then, take the next step.
Worrying about what could happen in the future takes us out of the present. For me, taking a step every single day towards growth is what keeps the momentum going & crushes the racing thoughts. Momentum tends to build on itself & before you know it, you'll have so many compounded, positive actions in the right direction, it'll be harder and harder to perform the same speech in your head.
Now that I've talked about the mind, let's talk about your physical space that can help get you there. Below is a list of some items that have helped me create a sacred, peaceful space at home:
Meditative/calming music: Spotify & YouTube have free options!
You might have some of these items already, so use what you have now & build upon it when you can.
If you're having a difficult time finding peace at home-- say you've got noisy neighbors or cabin fever, take a walk around your neighborhood, drive to a park or beach, go to a church/spiritual center if that's your vibe or be in the audience at an open mic. Do whatever you're called to do in that moment to get control of your body & your mind.
I believe you can overcome this, I believe in your soul's mission & I'm not going to wish you luck, because I know you've got this!
I'll see you next time, but for now, keep moving forward!