Sunday, August 28, 2011

How Do You Keep Yourself Sane?

Times are tough. As a working musician, they are even tougher. Sure, I can bite my nails and reduce the prices on all of my CDs and books on my website. But how do I keep myself sane? Hobbies and other interests. As much as I love playing the harp and performing, I need to do something else to keep my mind happy.

One thing I do is delve into spiritual practices. A self-hypnosis subliminal tape by Barry Konikov might do the job. Then there's meditation, chanting, journaling. I've been following the Siddha Yoga Path for almost 30 years, and I feel blessed to have a meditation teacher, my guru. To have a guru is to have a life coach for all things in life. And indeed, I need to remember this, because I get really scared when the phone doesn't ring with business.

And then exercise is so important. I sit on my butt playing the harp, and I sit on my butt typing away at the computer keyboard. Gotta get up and work out. My passion is martial arts, specifically karate. And in this realm, I am also blessed to have a wonderful teacher, my sensei Grandmaster Glenn Ristine. To me, the practice of karate is like physical chess--It's not just punching and kicking aimlessly. Grandmaster Ristine has taken me to the Shodan level (blackbelt level). Ha! And I'm a girl who does not have a flexible kid's body. And now, he has shepherded me into teaching "Self Defense Rescripted", a curriculum developed by Sensei Ristine and his sensei, Grandmaster Chris Thomas. (If you'd like to take my workshop in "Self Defense Rescripted", contact me through my website we can schedule a date that works for you and your friends).

So, you now have learned about some of my secret passions. Well, they aren't a secret anymore. What are yours? Certainly, you don't do your job 24/7. I'd love to hear about your emotional and physical releases...


Eliseo Mauas Pinto said...

A very confident and original post indeed!... Nice to acknowledge you love meditation... me too... I always meditate early in the morning, and specially by the full moon, in this southern part of the world it is very difficult to earn your living as a musician, and rather being a celtic one!... so I got a real job to raise my family, but as you do I love network, since there I am able to spread my words regarding my celtic inheritance and music. My virtual homes are on Blogger and Facebook. I also love the art of bonsai, gardening and photography ... and presently I am into digital art which have always pleased me a lot and had no chance to start up! we know a bit more about each other isn't it?
Bliss and blessings

Christine Buffaloe said...

The way I keep myself sane is a couple of ways.
I knit....voraciously!
Walking/hiking. My husband and I walk 2 miles every day with our dogs and find hiking trails on the weekends.
Motorcycle riding. I ride when I can.
All of these things are sacred to me. On the weekends, it is "my time". Also, I knit with a group and that time is also sacred.

Christine Buffaloe

Celtic Harp Music by Anne Roos said...

Yes, special time for ourselves is sacred time. No phones, no computers.

It's nice to hear what you do besides work and being online!

Chris--What are you knitting right now?

Eliseo--What's your "real job"?

Eliseo Mauas Pinto said...

Thanx for asking kind Anne...I always have liked to teach music, but I have no patience for that! By the way I am mostly oriented to customer service, because I love to always be in contact with people, and assist them in the way I can help. Actually I am working with a local water provider company...

Celtic Harp Music by Anne Roos said...

You seem very customer service oriented, Eliseo :-)