Notes come and notes go, but where is my mind? Am I present with myself, with the guitar, and with music? What happens in those moments as I bring my hands to the instrument and the mind begins a slight chatter? Over and over I find myself calm and centered and just as I go to play the opening notes the mind interferes? Why does the mind begin to wander, imagine, or otherwise obstruct the act of music?
I sit on my stool and come into my body by observing my breath. Releasing my neck to be free, my back long and wide, my legs free, and my shoulders wide I arrive in an optimum state to play. Many times I do, but other times the mind interferes. Patience. Practice. Discipline. Love. Over and over again. I am grateful for the improvement over the years.
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