Saturday, April 2, 2011
The Value of Playing
I am increasingly finding that the moments that I spend with my guitar are very precious. Listening with my heart and soul, just playing; right here, right now. These Moments change me and the world. What more could I ask of myself, of my guitar? Right practice serves to lengthen these moments, to better prepare me to respond to any moment; to be in this moment.
As Homer so eloquently asked the muse - "Sustain for me this song, make this tale live for us in all it's many bearings." Echoing this prayer, may I play my notes unfettered by concern, and be free to listen, to follow and to learn. Then these moments of freedom expand and they serve. May I embrace this moment, resting in the understanding that there is no other. May I Listen, play and just be.
Giving myself permission to improvise, I venture into the unknown. I may uncover myself for fleeting moments; or yet again see myself in habitual manners of use; or I may touch my feelings in a new way. What happens in these moments? A harmony within, reaching out to hold and reveal. As the moments pass, do I devolve into end-gaining, holding onto what was? Or can I sustain my freedom to explore, lengthening in each moment to what is? Maintaining the freedom of how I use myself now appears key. Say yes to this musical moment and connect with all that I am.
May I connect with this moment, bringing my desires to rest. In doing so, I release who I was and open to the possible. Slowly my muscles lengthen and widen to the freedom and lightness of being. All begins with the breath, with awareness of the breath. Connect, breath out and release the note into this present moment, into all moments. Connect, inspire and release who I am meant to be.