I have gained performance experience and insight over the course of the Intensive Flying Workshop at TSNY that informs my music-making. As I start the new year I am celebrating these changes. Here are a few of my favorite things…
- Don’t underestimate your potential. Never did I imagine what I would ever climb the stairs to the board let alone do a pullover while flying.
- Confidence – Breaking down metal barriers has eliminated fears and self-doubt. I now embrace tasks and responsibilities with confidence and am open to the limitless possibilities of life. I accept that I may not succeed at everything I set my mind to and that is okay.
- Joy – The freedom and joy I experience while flying permeates life. I look to the challenges, obstacles and successes ahead with optimism, keeping in mind that I something new and unexpected might be fun.
- Learning – When I received my Master’s Degree I expected to know a lot, only to realize how much more there was to learn about playing and music when I left school. Learning is a process, in some cases a lifelong process. As I grow and change so will my approaches and skills. This is one of the greatest joys of my work.
- Patience – It takes time to learn motor skills. Some come easier than others. Enjoy the process.
- Forgiveness – Accept failure just as you celebrate success. The road to success is paved with many mistakes that are learning opportunities.
- The Head Leads – In the early weeks of the IFW the instructors stressed the importance of the head leading the direction of the body’s trajectory. With so many things to be thinking about, I found this challenging. I reminded myself of this concept in the gym and during daily activities, it now happens more naturally! This helps me to move more easily in everything I do.
- Life is a Laboratory – Use life to practice the skills you need. The gym has become a practice studio to strengthen the movements I use in trapeze. Learning to move in new ways reminds me of the infinite range of movements I use at the gym and throughout the day. Tuning into movement has enhanced everything I do.
- Owning Wellness – Tuning into movement and physical health has reinforced my commitment to being responsive to messages the body offers. Instead of waiting until discomfort or injury sets in, I actively monitor the sensations of muscles and joints. If something does not feel right, I take the time to investigate, and cultivate healing through rest and gentle movement explorations learned in Feldenkrais “Bones for Life” classes, and seek medical intervention if necessary.
Wishing everyone a year of learning, moving well and health in 2013!