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Take the practice of listening and playing your favorite music to a new level with this soulful guide to mindfulness meditation
As anyone who has ever taken a music lesson knows, the key to playing well is practice. The same is true for another transformative discipline--meditation--and yet so often meditation and music fail to harmonize to the degree they could. In Tune takes you through twelve ways to sync them perfectly in pursuit of greater mindfulness: a kind of awareness that colors your everyday activities, and perks up your ears to truly hear the symphony of sounds, and silences, all around.
In this clear, straightforward guide drawn from years of personal and professional experience, award-winning music veteran Richard Wolf outlines how the skills and intentions of music and mindfulness can help nurture and complement each other. There's the conceptual "bridges" they share, of Dedication, Concentration, Patience & Perseverance, Silence, and more; plus a broad repertoire of music-based meditation and awareness exercises, ranging from basics like counting the beats of the breath to more advanced. Along the path are colorful anecdotes of famous musicians that illustrate how great an impact mindfulness can have on accessing creative potential, in music or any kind of art. As we come more fully in tune with our personal soundtracks--from the sound of the breath to the sounds of cars and dogs outside the window--we can enter into deeper harmony with ourselves and others. Practice--whether it's listening to a favorite song, refining the performance of a piece of music, or settling into a meditation seat--becomes a joy in and of itself over time, and its payoff of inner silence more accessible as we move through our increasingly noisy world.
A practical guide to applying the skills of musical practice to meditation, for a more mindful approach to art--and life
Anyone who has ever taken a music lesson knows the key to playing well is practice. The same is true for another transformative discipline--meditation--and yet, so often the two fail to harmonize. In Tune helps sync these practices to achieve the kind of mindfulness that opens our ears to the symphony of sound and silence all around.
Award-winning music veteran Richard Wolf offers twelve conceptual "bridges" between music and meditation--including Dedication, Concentration, Patience & Perseverance, and Silence--plus a broad repertoire of music-based meditation exercises to incorporate into daily practice. Colorful anecdotes of famous musicians, from Miles Davis to Dr. Dre, further illustrate the power of meditation to unleash creative potential. As a result, practice--whether it's listening to a favorite song, preparing for a musical performance, or settling into a meditation seat--becomes a joy in and of itself, and its payoff of inner silence becomes even more valuable in our increasingly noisy world.
In our noisy world, music is the key to inner silence
Richard Wolf first tried Zen meditation in his teens, but no matter in what posture or for how long he sat, transcendence proved stubbornly out of reach. It was only years later that he found the bridge that could take him there: music.In Tune
charts twelve "bridges"--skills and sensibilities refined in musical practice that carry over to mindfulness and meditation, among them:
- The Art of Deep Listening
- Transcending the Self
This inspirational guide offers a wealth of music-based exercises to enhance daily meditation and creativity. Plus, Wolf shares personal anecdotes of eminent musicians--from Miles Davis to Dr. Dre--to illuminate points along the intersection of music and mindful living.
As you begin to move fluidly between these two transformative disciplines, you'll notice the focus, composure, and peacefulness that comes from practice--as well as the joys of tuning in to the music all around you, and to the symphony that plays silently from within.