You probably have something you do every day when you engage with the world, open to unexpected encounters. For some people it’s going to a coffee shop, a walk to work, a subway ride …
For me – it’s running. I run nearly every day – and not because I’m a ‘good runner’ – in fact, I’m a deeply committed UNcompetitive runner. I long ago understood that, for me, running is about the experience, not the achievement – and ever since then, it’s become a richer and richer experience, and one I look forward to, every day.
It’s a very simple activity. And very powerful because it opens up endless opportunities for discovery, completely independent of how ‘good’ I am at or whether or not I ever get any ‘better’. Being ‘good at it’ (which I am not) is completely irrelevant to how much I get out of it and how much it allows me to connect with the world. Even on the days where I’m kinda embarrassed at what a perennially slow runner I am – it enriches my experience of life.
In some ways it’s the equivalent of what I shared in my “Play with Freedom” webinar for harpists: a very simple formula that let’s you start engaging (like, with running: put on shoes, shorts, shirt and go outside.) — and a lifetime of exploration, expression and fun that starts from there. So if you play the harp (or love to crash harp events) – sign up for this FREE Webinar REPLAY.
There’s something else about running: It allows me a focused opportunity to BE present, to be OPEN to where I am – and to be open to unexpected magic.
Even yesterday when I swore to myself I was taking a day off, by 8pm it was so beautiful outside I couldn’t sit still. PLUS … I knew I might see fireflies. Let me rephrase that: I knew I might see magic – the magic of a firefly’s light, in the trees beside a darkling path.
I would run miles just to experience that.
And I realized that that’s the kind of magic that live music brings – experiential magic -the power of experiencing something live. So if you love to experience music live, visit my events page.
REPLAY!! FREE PLAY-ALONG HARP WEBINAR
If you play the harp, watch the REPLAY of my FREE webinar called “Play with Freedom.” You’ll learn a simple, powerful 4-Chord creative formula that you’ll be able to put immediately into your playing whether you’re a fledgling player just learning to unfurl your wings – or a professional longing for liberation from the written notes. It’s simple. It’s powerful. And it will unlock an improv skill you’ll use for the rest of your life. I discovered this creative formula an adult beginner in my early 20’s — and I still use it today!
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- Watch my TEDx talk "Reinventing Freedom ... - a story told "from the Harp"
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