Your hair is standing on end. You KNEW you shouldn’t have but you did anyway. You had this feeling in your gut that something was just a little off but you brushed it aside and went ahead. Your dream last night told you to change your mind but it was just a dream … Something was fishy. Your head hurt, your legs were twitchy, you got chills, you got butterflies (not the fun kind). And then, even though you thought through it and used all of your logic and blasted forth with your plan, it ALL fell apart. Maybe you lost some money. Maybe all of your techie gadgets crashed. Or worse, maybe someone betrayed you or an accident befell you. But you KNEW if you had only listened to that tiny voice or feeling in the background that ALL of this could have been avoided …
Small talk, deep talk, chit chat, white lies, subversion, “elephants in the room,” exuberance, speaking your truth, singing, clearing your throat — when it comes to living “authentically” it’s all about your voice. And well beyond words, it’s about finding your truth and expressing it.
The 5th chakra is called the Visuddha chakra, located at the throat and basking in the color blue. In my last four blog posts I’ve been veering towards the self-help, self-reflection section of the book store rather than music business tips + news. In my other life I’m a yoga instructor and have been teaching a series on the chakras to child and family therapists at a community health center. Chakras, to those of you wondering WTF, are energy centers/wheels in our emotional/spiritual bodies and according to yogic, buddhist and new age belief, hold keys to our attitudes, imbalances, and spiritual growth. You might find it total BS, but maybe you’re into self reflection and some of the following may ring true.
“My heart is twisted, feels like it’s pounding right out of my chest. Fried up and crispy; she’s got it wrapped up in beeswax.” – MB “Beeswax” (listen above)
Oooooh, the heart. We’ve all got one. It’s in there pounding away, pumping blood to the nether regions, all the way down to our fingertips and toes. This blog has been by far the most challenging for me to write for some reason. I’ve been writing a weekly series on the seven major Chakras. Chakras are energy centers in our body, and have been cited in Hindu, Qi Gong, Buddhist and New Age practices. These energy centers or “wheels” have different emotional characteristics and correlate to physical organs, cerebral processes and spiritual aspirations. New Age-y stuff might make you cringe and all week long I’ve been saying “take it or leave it,” but if you are into self reflection (and many of you are artsy types so you probably are into delving into the depths of your fabulous soul), my hope is to send you away with a few things you can focus on this week to balance your heart.
Greetings! Welcome to week three of my exploration of the chakras from a yoga and artist perspective. Chakras are, according to yogic belief (take it or leave it), centers of energy throughout our bodies that have specific themes in our lives – physical, emotional, spiritual – and can be worked with to bring balance, awareness and personal growth. WOO HOO!
If you’re feeling bored sometime, google search images for “Lion’s Pose” and have a laugh … (see pic below). I tossed this posture into my chakra-centered yoga class series as a way to bring a sense of playfulness to our 2nd chakra practice: the sacral chakra. Lion’s pose stretches the muscles of the face and tongue as well as stimulating the platysma, a thin, rectangular-shaped muscle in the front of the throat. Plus, it feels totally silly and ridiculous. Will come back to this in a second.
Chakras, for those of you just tuning in, are centers or wheels of energy in the body according to yogic belief. These centers of energy are said to help to regulate the body’s processes: immunity, organ function and emotion. Take it or leave it, think it too new-agey or “woo woo”, I think that even if we don’t “believe” in chakras, we can still bring intentions, practices and rituals to our daily life to help open up mental blockages, burn through baggage, evolve emotionally and transform physically. Meditation, exercise, practicing an instrument, learning a new language, therapy, clean eating, these are all ways we can grow as human beings. Think of this blog as a little nudge in the direction of opening up your creativity and letting some fun in for once!
In my other life, I am a yoga instructor. It balances out the late nights, the wild times, the unpredictability of the music business. Plus, it helps to keep me sane.
In my class on Tuesday night (I teach a handful of community therapists at their workplace), a dear student asked if I would be interested in incorporating chakra teachings into my classes. I jumped at it and wove it into my class design for the night. I love requests and I love challenges – and this one seemed very pertinent. In the next series of blog posts, I’m gonna delve into some simple things you can do at home with your breath, body and music and how they relate to our chakra system.
“I want candy. I want money. I want my mommy. I want my daddy.” – Mary Bue
Full disclosure: I am a bit of a self-help junkie. What does this have to do with MONEY??? I’ve been geeking out over a crew of super inspiring self-help-ish entrepreneurs and in the past week many signs from those thought-leaders have been pointing to getting intimate with my MONEY. I’m reading Money: A Love Story by Kate Northrup – the subtitle is “Untangle your financial woes and create the life you really want.” In tandem, another huge inspiration of mine is Marie Forleo and in her latest TV show she interviewed Eat, Pray, Love sensation Elizabeth Gilbert, and there were some serious nuggets of wisdom surrounding money. More on these ladies a bit later.
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“What we are really saying is that music, once considered an important science, is now merely a form of entertainment, classified by elite snobs as “cultured” or “uncultured.” If it could be packaged in little plastic containers and eaten with a spoon, they would do it. In fact, they are probably working on it right now.” – EUGENE CHADBOURNE
I’m reading a fantastic book speaking to many many qualms about the music biz – called I Hate the Man Who Runs This Bar by Eugene Chadbourne. This book is hilariously busting through a lot of my despair and cynicism about trying to “make it” in the music business. He said music used to be part of the quadrivium: arithmetic, geometry, music, and astronomy – “preparatory work for the serious study of philosophy,” – a curriculum outlined by Plato’s The Republic. Music was a valuable tool of measurement, specifically to look at “the classical subject of harmonics, in particular the study of the proportions between the music intervals created by the division of a monochord” according to wikipedia. 😉