Movingvoice Blog: The Feeling Voice

Welcome to my Video Blog Series! I’ve decided that it’s high time to go BEYOND WORDS and share more of what I’m most passionate about – Expressive sound and movement! Liberating ourselves!

This series offers you an opportunity to build your connection with your expressive, feeling voice. On this video, the first of three, I’ll lead you in a playful exercise to express JOY. This is an excellent way to start bringing more joy and play into your life right now! It will help you to feel more alive and connected to who you truly are.

I’m keeping the exercises short so you can get a taste of what it’s like to be more expressive with your voice without it embarrassing you to death.
Have fun with it and let me know how it goes by posting a comment below!

 

Vocal Empowerment Blog: You Can Do It! It Takes Courage and Guts!

“You can do it! It takes Courage and Guts!” He shouts and applauds from a house above the trail that I’m running on. It’s snowing and wintery out.

It isn’t taking a run in the snow that takes courage and guts for me, though. It’s to be creative and upbeat in relation to chronic pain patterns that persist over 30 years now.

When I run, I practice mindfulness, to be in my body and quiet my thoughts. I focus on my senses.

Through my eyes, I take in the tall, newly frosted evergreens…the golden wheat colored grasses that bend under the snow.

Through my ears, I hear the press of my feet… my audible exhale…a raven’s raspy ‘Kraa’.

Through my felt sense, I feel the snow tickle my cheeks… my feet push off the cushioned ground.

But what about the pain in my arm and shoulder? I don’t want to pay attention to it and I can’t ignore it.

It’s not a pleasurable sensation like snow kissing my nose. Even after years of healing work, here it is today, again, angry and loud.

So, I invite the painful sensations into expressive movement. Let’s imagine that this pain is a part of myself, a little person who is hurting. I know she wants to run and play, to be joyful too. I know she wants to feel a part of things. Who doesn’t?

Sometimes, these peripheral parts of our bodies sound the alarm because they don’t have enough connection with the whole. There’s a story here, on a body level, of parts being left out because they’re too different or their needs are too great.

So, I let my movements include my right arm, shoulder, head and neck. I playfully move from my core out into my peripheral parts. I wiggle and gently dance as I run! I do small and big movements. I trust and follow what feels good, from the inside out.

I know. “WHAT WILL PEOPLE THINK?! You’ll look like a crazy person! This is NOT normal behavior!”

There were actually very few people out on the trail. But here’s what I tell myself; “This is something that I need to do. It’s not going to hurt anyone and they don’t need to understand.” Or as some parents say to their kids, “FOCUS.”

As I turn back towards the sensations in my body, the pain is quiet, at least for now. I feel energized and happy. I know that little one inside is thrilled to be included in the dance. I feel her smiling. I hear her laughing.

So, when the friendly dude in the house on the hill yells out and applauds; “You can do it! It takes courage and guts!”. She hears him. She takes it in. And so do I.

It does take courage and guts to manage chronic pain – no matter whether it’s physical or emotional pain.  It takes courage and guts to turn it into a joyful dance!

Let your creative, expressive voice move through your whole body and out into a joyful dance. It’s a gift to yourself and truly, a gift for all of us!

Vocal Empowerment Blog: What Are We Here For Anyway?

In any given moment in life, what’s more satisfying, to feel joyful or to feel like you’re doing a good job?

Even though I decided many years ago to step OFF the stage and to stop pursuing a career as a classical singer, my experience in making music is still tied up in whether I’m doing a good enough job. Apparently, it’s more challenging to enjoy ourselves than it is to beat up on ourselves!

One of my favorite things to do is to improvise with piano and voice, to spontaneously create sound, song, color and beauty out of silence. It fills an emotional and spiritual place in my life.

Here’s the catch: I CAN’T be fixated on getting better at it all the time.

At some very young age, I went from singing and playing freely and UN-self-consciously, to feeling anxious that my creative expression wasn’t good enough. I know, I know…I’m SO not alone. It’s an epidemic!

How quickly people move FROM…”You have such a beautiful voice…” TO…”You should really DO something with it.”

Develop it.

Train it.

Make a career.

Go somewhere!

Do something!

Be someone!

You really have something special!…Don’t waste it…

It’s tricky though, because it often takes away the blissful feeling of delight in ourselves and our gifts. Does that mean it’s not good enough just as it is?

It leads to a sense of hopelessness…Why do I bother?

So, let’s enjoy it just as it is before we get all bent out of shape about making it better, shall we? Let’s enjoy ourselves, just as we are, with all our imperfections.

In the improvisation of life, there’s nothing more important than learning to trust in the beauty and the rightness of what unfolds.

Don’t overthink it.

Trust in what you already know.

Let go and let it flow.

Delight in the moments that light you up and relax into the rest.

Ahhhhhhh.

YOU get to decide if and when something is enough and brings you joy.

YOU get to feel joyful even when I don’t. It’s SWEET if I feel it too but in the end, I’m me and you’re you! (couldn’t resist the spontaneous burst of poetry!)

And here’s the clincher!  You can feel joyful even when you’re NOT doing a really good job! There’s more to life than always doing a good job.

We all get to bask in the beauty of what delights us. It is hands down more fun than doggedly working at getting better at everything all the time.

As you step up to be playful at something today, let yourself drink in the sweetness of GOOD ENOUGH.