As I bend to my case I direct my spine to be long as David Jernigan has urged me so many times in lessons. My next thought - I am not holding onto my neck ... then I am not holding onto my desires. Finally I open my case. The good news is that I am much more present and aware of myself; the space I am in; and the intent of my practice than if I had not inhibited my act of opening the case.
As I begin to improvise I surprise myself with the direction the improv takes. The thought how wide can I flow in my improvisation arises? As I continue the improv, the habitual asserts itself, but now I see an opportunity to explore. How wide can I stretch my knowledge of music theory? How might I incrementally work on this? I pause to jot down these questions.
As the day moves on and interactions with people accumulate I find myself asking - How wide is my acceptance of others? Which led to how wide is my acceptance of myself? Is there a difference? Smiling as I notice that this path through "wide" is also deep.
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