Articles and Other Online Resources
Whether you are searching for ideas to help you begin a more routine practice, or just seeking food for thought, the links on this page will give you a good start. Below, you will find liks to articles
and online organizations that can be very helpful on the journey toward being more mindful.
There are an infinite number of resources for those seeking inspiration or assistance on the internet. With a bit of research, you will find sources that work best for you.
Keep in mind: No good progress happens quickly. There is no "miracle fix" or quick fix. The practice of mindfulness is ongoing, and develops as we progress. Also, using mindfulness to assist in your journey to manage anxiety will not differ much from its use to assist with depression or with improving focus. Mindfulness is a general term, a general practice, but its benefits can be experienced by everyone. This Mindful.org article goes into more depth on this idea.
The list below, sorted by topic, and its expansion is ongoing. Check back for updates.
Kindness & Forgiveness
Are You Addicted to Being Judgy? (Mindful.org)
When we practice investigating judgments and diffusing them we can learn to choose how we look at things and react to them. Of all the wondrous array of thoughts that are possible, negative judgments about ourselves and others are one of the mind’s compulsive obsessions.
Forgive Your Imperfections (Mindful.org)
Imperfections (perceived by yourself or by others) plague many musicians. This article can easily be interpreted and applied to the musicians' general perfectionist issues. "Giving is part of forgiveness. When we give, we make an offering to ourselves and others, creating a willingness to make peace with the conflict and pain that fuel our anger, resentment, and bitterness. Although it feels easier to be critical―“I hate my body,” “She makes fun of my efforts to eat mindfully”―in fact, it’s actually easier to forgive."
RAIN of Self Compassion (PDF document by Tara Brach)
R: Recognize what is happening
A: Allow life to be just as it is
I: Investigate inner experience with non-judgmental attention
N: Non-identification; rest in natural awareness
Mental Chatter & Our Inner Critic
A Basic Meditation to Tame Your Inner Critic (Mindful.org)
An in-the-moment exercise for confronting the nagging voice in your head. This is a beneficial practice for musicians before or during practicing, and a good refocusing meditation for performances, auditions, and other stressful situations where your inner critic has something to say.
How to Reduce Mind-Wandering and Be More Focused in Critical Situations (Bullet-Proof Musician)
Ever heard of the monkey mind? Chances are, if you're new to meditation, you haven't. We are all familiar with it, however. How can our inner monkey get in our way and derail our work? It's actually in our way almost 50% of the time, if not more.
Martha Graham on the Hidden Danger of Comparing Yourself to Others (by James Clear)
Martha Graham, one of the most influential choreographers of the twentieth century, explains creativity and comparisons so excellenty.
This article is a must-read. “There is a vitality, a life force, an energy, a quickening that is translated through you into action, and because there is only one of you in all of time, this expression is unique. And if you block it, it will never exist through any other medium and it will be lost. The world will not have it. It is not your business to determine how good it is nor how valuable nor how it compares with other expressions. It is your business to keep it yours clearly and directly, to keep the channel open.”
Mindfulness - General
How Meditation, Plaebos, and Virtual Reality Help Power 'Mind Over Body' (NPR, Fresh Air, January 26, 2016)
This interview contains a section on how meditation and mindfulness can affect our health. "There have been hundreds of studies
on mindfulness now, and there's very good evidence that it reduces stress and anxiety, and that it reduces symptoms such as chronic
pain and fatigue. So that's very well shown now in the analysis of lots of different studies, and that's in healthy people but also in people
with depression or people with serious illness."
Free Mindfulness Apps Worthy of Your Attention (Mindful.org)
Mindfulness apps are one of the newest trends, as they're with us wherever we go, whenever we need assistance. These are three apps,
with honorable mentions, that will be worth trying!
Meditation Apps to Calm Stress and Boost Mood (Huffington Post)
In a bad mood but not sure why? New smartphone apps provide short guided meditations designed to help users return to a positive
state of mind.
Free Online Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) Course (Palouse Mindfulness)
This online MBSR training course is 100% free, created by a fully certified MBSR instructor, and is modeled on the program founded by Jon Kabat-Zinn at the University of Massachusetts Medical School. The site includes links to various guided meditations, including body scans, mindfulness, and lovingkindness meditations.
Stress, Anxiety, and Emotions
What's Stress Got to Do with Paying Attention? (Mindful.org)
This article, adapted from Psychology Today, focuses on mindfulness and how it helps caregivers. It is wonderful advice for educators,
and touches on how we feel might when a student is having trouble.
When Emotion Overtakes You (by Ram Dass)
In this article, which is a bit more spiritual than most mindfulness articles, Ram Dass explains how we can take a step back from our thoughts and examine our thought process instead of the emotion itself.
Check back for updates! More coming soon.