Gratitude has incredible power to transform our entire attitude towards performance… from a dreadful ordeal to a life-affirming celebration.
To that end, let’s do a simple guided meditation…
- Go to the piano… and sit as you normally would.
- Close your eyes… and take three deep breathes… all the way into your belly… slowly in through your nose… and slowly out through your mouth…
- Now, with your eyes still closed… reach out with your hands and touch the keys… and realize what a privilege it is to have access to the remarkable instrument in front of you.
- Now, with your eyes still closed… think about the music you love to play… and realize what a privilege it is to have access to such a rich inheritance of written and recorded music.
- Next, with your eyes still closed… realize what a privilege it is to have the TIME to make music part of your life.
- Again, with your eyes still closed… realize what a privilege it is to have ten good fingers and two good hands and two good arms to move and feel… two good ears to hear… and two good eyes to see.
- Finally, with your eyes still closed, realize what a privilege it is to have the opportunity to share your love of music with others!
And so let’s aspire to make this a routine practice every time we sit down to study-practice or perform… until such appreciation becomes so automatic that it permeates who we are as human beings.
In doing so, we will discover that profound gratitude is a master attitude of sorts… with the power to transform fear and self-consciousness into joy… not just in the world of music-making, but in life in general.