I’m sure you’ve read this quote from Charlie Parker: “Master your instrument, master the music, then forget all that shit and just play.”
As we shift from POWER in March to JOURNEY in April, we look to taking the power we have been fostering and practicing, and just doing it.
Just like with any instrument- be it guitar or bass or sax or our own minds- we can work work work work work, but there finally must come a time to actually play that thing. And as we step onto stage, or out into public, or we just simply interact with others, it’s near impossible to think about lessons at the same time. We have to lean into our trust and that we will be able to use all that we have been working on.
I know that I have to trust my fingers and my training when I play anything. It’s different than autopilot- there’s a cognizance that we reach for as we draw upon what we have worked hard to make second nature, no? Autopilot is when you aren’t thinking- like when you drive to your house when you meant to head to the store. The playing is truly embracing the moment and that you know where to go and what to do when you need it.
Building habits is crucial to this. I almost wrote “in my opinion,” but I don’t think it’s a matter of opinion. It just is crucial. That’s why things are called “practice!” Whether it’s guitar practice or meditation practice or the practice of loving yourself, we’ve come full circle in our five-part series: the practice comes into play, literally. We must be able to draw upon all that without even necessarily realizing we have. It’s become, through practice, part of us. Literally part of our nature.
But it still requires practice. Stay on your little habits of power practice as you live your journey. The two always make each other stronger!