Having A Musical Mindset

Think about the greatest, most engaging musical performances you’ve seen.  What was so magical about them?  Is this ‘magic’ the possession of only a few musicians or can you have it too?  Will you be able to engage an audience if you can play really fast and impress them with technique?  How can you be as good as those you admire?

When I watch or listen to a great musical performance, I am drawn into another world.  I am lost in story and space, totally enraptured, clinging to each note and to each silence.  I feel alive and connected to the music.  It becomes me.  Not only have I felt this with great musical technicians but the not-so-technical musicians as well.

I believe everyone is capable of expressing great music or art, but in order to do so we need to practice creating a space for ourselves which enables greatness to come to the fore.  This means developing the ability to live in the present.  For example, when you do the washing up, are you paying attention to the feeling of warm water, the motion of the dishcloth, the sounds of your environment, the air?  Or are you thinking about what you have to do in the future or what happened in the past or a plethora of other mental activities?

It is not easy to live in the present and in order to do so you need to be constantly aware of your mental activity.  One book I read recently was “The Power of Now” by Ekkhart Tolle.  I found just reading a page would help me to feel calmer and more in touch with myself and helped me to be “here now”.  I reflected on my music and what I really wanted from it and found that when I applied some of the strategies mentioned in the book, my practice became an activity I looked forward to every day because it offered me peace, a kind of meditation and increasingly I became less interested in ‘being a good musician’ like the one I saw in a wedding band in Melbourne (which really took the pressure off!) and discovered the music within.

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This meant I became more involved in every sound and the beauty of just one note ringing out, I began to listen more and because of that have become more present in my practice.  Coincidentally, the more this happened, the more ‘progress’ or ‘better’ musician I became.  But progress felt effortless because it wasn’t important to me any more.  I practice music because I love to become lost in the metronome and the vibration, I love the sound of the piano, the feeling of my fingers working the keys as they press them down, I love the feeling of my voice in my body and the simplicity of sound, the awareness and presentness it brings to my life.  Now, I know I will always practice music.

The first twenty years of my music history was not this.  It was filled with emotional turmoil, wanting to be as good as…… but not being that.  Wanting the best gigs, but not having them…. Wanting to be famous, respected, known.  The pressure I put myself under was immense and because of it I couldn’t even feel what music really was, in fact, I just stopped and didn’t even want to see live music or even listen to it because it reminded me of everything I was not and everything I wanted to achieve but felt I couldn’t.  Now I know, that this was not the experience of participating in music but rather the experience of indulging my Ego, letting it control a part of my life where it most definitely didn’t belong because (and I’ll let you in on a little secret here), the Ego is a terrible musician, although thinks it is rather amazing!

I am not trashing the Ego.  We need it for all sorts of things in music and in our day, all I’m saying is Ego cannot play the music.  Your music needs to come from your still and ever-present Self.  This means when you play as scale, you need to be listening intently to every note you hit.  You need to be in tune with your body and breath, you need to be relaxed.  You need to be present.  If you practice presentness, it will be easy to perform from this state and no matter what your technical ability is, your performance will be great.

It is worth asking yourself where your music is coming from.  If it is coming from your truest Self, I am guessing you are pretty happy with what is happening musically for you.  If you are not very happy with the way things are going… is it because your Ego is too involved?

There is much to be explored in these questions and I hope to expand on this in later blogs.  Please feel free to leave a comment.  I’d love to hear what you think.

 

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Things to Know in Determining Property Value

So many people would talk about property and they would often say that property is one of the best to market because it is an easy sell. When people do plan on selling their properties, they are usually just waiting for offers and just go with the offer they feel is big enough but that should not be the case. Many investors are very wise in choosing properties to buy because they would often go for those properties that would skyrocket in the future in terms of price because of certain factors that are beneficial to the growth of its price.

 

Due to the fact that investors especially those who are also so experienced would use the advantage of going with a certain high price in their offer to make the seller grab it as fast as they can, taking the bait. People who are selling their properties especially amateurs should look into it that there are not advantages of because property values depend on certain factors and one of the most important is the location of the property. One factor is best home loan rate If your property is in a location where the industry is booming or there is certain growth in its economy then you should reconsider the value you provide.

 

To be able to identify the right value for your property is indeed a need to ensure that you will not regret selling your property because there are already so many property owners that have sold their property for a certain value and found out later that the property they own is in a location that is growing especially in terms of value. You can actually hire professionals that would help you set the right value for your property, putting the market growth into consideration making it a fair and wise decision in your part as a seller of your own property.

 

It is always an advantage to be aware of all the things that are necessary in order to be able to sell your properties without regret in the future. It is also important that you would not let yourself be drawn into the negotiations and deals made by investors without even putting all things into consideration. It is recommendable that you would hire professionals to assist you in this venture because they are there to help you on how to determine the right property value, making it easier for you as the seller since you are at ease since you know the right deal for your property.

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Health Information You Can Use

The immune system does a great job in protecting us against harmful microorganisms, bacteria, and all sorts of germs. Why does it happen then that it fails sometimes, and people get sick? What are the ways to intervene and give a boost to the immune system? Would it help if you take natural supplements or vitamins? What about having a balanced diet? Perhaps adopting a healthy lifestyle will work best?
Adopting a healthy lifestyle is the first step to making your immune system work for you. Thus, it is important to exercise regularly, get enough sleep, maintain healthy weight, and control your blood pressure. Do your best to quit smoking. To have a strong and healthy immune system, your diet should be low in saturated fat and high in vegetables, whole grains, and fruits.


Getting screening tests on a regular basis is a must – so have the tests for your age group or for your risk category if you fall in one. Avoiding infections as best as you can is another way to stay healthy and boost your immune system. Maintain good hygiene, cook meats well, and wash your hands with soap and water frequently. Some types of foods will help your immune system fight microorganisms effectively.
There are certain types of foods that give a boost to your immunity, making it stronger. Taking foods that contain antioxidants is a good idea as they fight free radicals. Thus, your immune system is better at dealing with colds, flu, and various diseases and infections. Some infections are only minor; however, HPV transmission and other serious infections can have serious consequences such as cervical cancer. So, what is the best way to make your body stronger so that your immune system can fight infections?
With regard to antioxidants, vitamin C, vitamin E, and beta-carotene are major sources. These vitamins are contained in colored fruits and vegetables such as vegetables and fruits with purple, red, yellow, blue, and orange hues. You will benefit the most if you consume them lightly steamed (but not boiled) or raw.
Avoid overcooking. Vitamin C is found in fruits and vegetables such as sweet potato, green, yellow, and red peppers, strawberries, tomatoes, and Brussels sprouts. Another antioxidant vitamin is vitamin E, found in red peppers, sunflower seeds, carrots, spinach, papaya, and others. Consuming foods rich in beta-carotene is also important. Among them are pink grapefruit, sweet potato, corn, watermelon, and apricots. It should be noted that apart from vitamins, there are other antioxidants, such as zinc and selenium.
Zinc is contained in different food products, for example, dairy products, beans, red meat, and poultry. Selenium, on the other hand, is found in Brazil nuts, tuna, fortified breads, poultry, and so on. All these are good ways to strengthen your immune system so that it can fight various types of warts, herpes, inflammations, and infections. For organic healthy food see www.naturalhealthorganics.com.au
Having a strong immune system decreases the risk of infections and HPV transmission. It is important to find more about HPV and different types of warts.

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