Being alive in these unstable, confusing, and occasionally terrifying times, there is one topic that, whenever I stumble upon it, does not fail to restore my hope and faith in humanity. I am talking about stories of how former members of hate groups have found their way out and into a peaceful and happy life that is better for them and for others. The overarching motive in each of these stories is that being shown love and acceptance by the people they least deserved it from has transformed...
Practice is an essential part of our lives, and it comes in different shapes and contexts. We practice an
instrument, we practice yoga, we practice communication, we practice listening, we practice
mindfulness, we practice patience. The list is endless.
In this month's article, I would like to share some thoughts about what practicing actually means, how
we can practice in a way that serves us, as well as deeper contemplations about practice as a
concept for art and life.
Being in class (whether in the literal classroom or the school of life), is all about understanding things. Both for the students and the teacher. May it be a technique, music theory, a choreography, or a
question. But when can we really say we have understood something? When we can do it fast?
When we don't have to think about it anymore?
I've been realizing more and more that there is a great difference between rational understanding
and emotional understanding. In the arts as well as in life.
Not in time. Boring. Always the same. Stupid. Not enough sounds. Too many sounds. Not confident enough. Too perky. Not kind enough. Too nice. Not expressive enough. Too vulnerable. Perfectionism has many voices, but none of them are very pleasant to be around. We probably all have to deal with perfectionism, some more regularly than others. If it's creating a new work, improvising, or even dealing with the tasks of entrepreneurship. We can always find something. Perfectionism can come in...
We are living in interesting times. The recent political happenings – names do not have to be named – are causing everyone to think about society's current situation. Even I as someone who is not particularly inclined to letting politics affect their life, have never spoken as much about politics as in these days. Issues like these can feel overwhelming and numbing, and leave many of us wondering what we can do, and how we can actively create a healthy present and future. As an artist, my...