Making Practice a Refuge

In this video, we’re going to share our ideas about making practicing the viola or violin a refuge, especially when you’re dealing with a lot of stress.

• First, create a quiet, inspiring place for you to practice, where you can concentrate and feel at ease knowing you are free from distraction.

• As you practice, find some space away from the thoughts and tasks that you’ve been preoccupied with, allow yourself to become absorbed in your sensory experience, follow your observations, and see where your practice takes you.

• When you finish practicing, notice if you feel any different from how you felt when you started. Sometimes even difficult and stressful situations can seem less overwhelming after you’ve taken the time to connect with something you care about.

Posted on November 1, 2016 .