A couple weeks ago, her teacher asked her to play a piece with the biggest, loudest sound that Musica could make.
So, she got into position, perfectly placed her bow and then with determination, focus, and all of her strength, she played.
Her efforts did result in a bigger sound.
Her teacher then asked her to completely relax her arm, to let go, drop the weight of her arm, and without any effort move her bow..
“Let’s hear Musica’s whole voice now!” she said.
Oh my goodness, the sound that came out of that cello just about knocked me off my chair.
It was huge and deep and strong and resonant and soooooo beautiful. I can still feel it now. The whole room was vibrating.
It brought tears to my eyes.
That sound did not come from force,
- Or effort,
- Or strength,
- Or pushing,
- Or pressure,
- Or struggle,
It came from relaxing and letting go.
My daughter’s teacher is always saying that playing the cello brings you face to face with the greatest mysteries of life.
Like why it is that pushing, struggle and effort are no match for intention, ease, and letting go.
We have this tendency to fear that if we let go of struggle and effort our lives will fall apart.
But, that never happens.
What does happen is, that when we turn our attention to where we want to go, drop the struggle and effort, and relax into being who and where we are, our full power comes through. Just like Musica’s.
We have more energy, we feel happier, everything gets easier and mysteriously, more gets done.
We are suddenly playing with our full voice.
And the sound is deep and resonant and beautiful, and just about knocks us off our chairs.
You just can’t force that level of power and beauty. You have to allow it.
This is a mystery I continue to explore every day, in my work, as a mom, in every aspect of my life.
I invite you to explore it with me.
There is no right or wrong way to do it.
Just allow yourself to explore and observe.
Learning how to be who you are, how to create your best life and your most beautiful sound is an art….just like playing an instrument.
I invite you to approach it the same way. With interest, curiosity, and experimentation.
What happens when you push?
What happens to your heart and your body when you’re plowing through your To Do list, forcing yourself to do something you think is good for you, or telling yourself that you can’t do it?
What happens when you allow yourself to follow your inner flow?
Is there a way you can relax more into yourself and your life today?
How can you take the pressure off of your strings?
It’s really worth investigating because the beautiful resonance of being fully who you are not only benefits you, it is a blessing to everyone around you, and the single most powerful thing you can do to heal the world.
Assuming it actually needs healing. But that’s a mystery to explore another time.
In the meantime, I’d love to hear what you discover about you!