Last week we discussed what type of environment we keep in our practice room/space in terms of putting and storing things in there and on our pianos that just don't belong in there.
Laundry, unopened boxes, piles of paperwork and mail, are all things that we can end up placing in our practice rooms with the intention of getting to it later. The problem with that is, we can't practice until we get to these other things; at least not very successfully.
It's important not to just remove the clutter but also to look at what it might be saying to us in terms of how we are mentally and emotionally approaching our piano playing.
There are certain questions that we can think about when we look at the physical condition of our practice room that will help us understand our thoughts about our music.
The main questions that we looked at last time were:
All of these have to do with our emotional response to our piano playing journey. This is key.
Consider also, that most of these feelings/reactions that we have with our piano playing, we also have to other things in other areas in our lives.
Avoidance, feeling overwhelmed, frustration, and having less passion about our piano playing is really the beginning of the "gathering of the clutter." While these feelings are all quite normal and a part of every pianists journey, they are teachers and opportunities for us to learn how to manage our "emotional responses" better and not allow them to take over.
When any of these feelings start taking over; either one or several of them together, we are starting to just tread water instead of swimming towards our goal(s).
When you start removing things from your practice area that don't have anything to do with your piano playing, you start to open up the possibility of overcoming, instead of feeling overwhelmed.
All of these and an endless realm of possibilities and solutions are available to you as you start to remove the "dead weight" from your practice space.
Do you notice how all of these results are connected with feelings of hope, positive self-esteem, doing, and succeeding? We affect our emotional state by changing our physical state.
As you clean your practice area, take note of some of these feelings you might notice pretty quickly.
So don't just look at the clutter in your practice room...listen to it.
You will always have the choice of how you want to respond to it. Just know, that when you deal with it one bit at a time, you are creating inside of you the room to overcome some of these challenges that we all have and face in all areas of our lives. It's never about self-judgement; it's more about "oh, let me see what's going on inside of me that is manifesting this way."
On top of all of that, you'll see really great strides in your practicing and performing because your practice area as it will be filled with only things that help you overcome, succeed, and achieve your dreams of playing the piano.
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