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I began a practice during the Covid-19 pandemic, which I am so thankful to have discovered: I meditate through song for at least 15 minutes a day. Surprising insights come through during these sessions, and I would like to share two:
I started this blog so that I could connect with those who need me. If I am the teacher you need, and you read my writing, you can find me. However, I must admit that my last blog, “Help Me Help You,” does not accomplish that task. That blog is an energetic closed door. I wrote it out of frustration at the lack of connection I was feeling with my students at that time.
The last new student to find me before that blog was an amazing singer, a truly beautiful soul and I am still a fan of her music. However, she tried to reschedule every single lesson we had. She didn’t even realize she was doing that, and when I brought her awareness to it, she apologized and committed to keeping her lesson times. Nevertheless, she tried to reschedule the very next lesson, so I just said, “Nevermind,” and discontinued our work together. Then, I wrote about students needing to commit to lessons and the learning process with a teacher.
I argued that students need to show up to lessons to see positive results – which is true – but at the same time, if what we do in our lessons is energetically on point, you will want to shown up. You will feel compelled to join me and to feel that connection.
In the case of this singer, I helped her with her vocal technique, so I thought I was doing a good job. Since then, I have realized that I failed her because I wasn’t giving her what she needed energetically. I wasn’t giving her that deeper connection. Here’s the kicker: I wasn’t giving her what she needed because at the time, I wasn’t giving myself what I needed. That is where I was at.
Well, thanks to a new baby and Covid, I pulled back and slowed down this year. Through meditation, reading, some counseling and the practice of Zhan Zhuang, I found my grounded core. Now I take time and space every day to meditate and sing. Now I believe that connecting is paramount before any technical learning. As a teacher, I have shifted my focus, and I am grateful for what I have learned. I have one last idea from my meditations to share here:
© 2020 Joanna Chapman-Smith
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