Attention and Purpose
Attention allows us to stretch our mind and gives access to freedom and choice. Attention is a rare commodity!
Merriam Webster defines “attention” as:
“The act or power of carefully thinking about, listening to, or watching someone or something, or giving something special care and treatment.”
We act and react in learned, automatic ways, often without taking into account what we really feel in a given moment. We can be impulsive for the sake of efficiency to save time and because… finally, it is simpler to not know. We tend to perpetuate the comfort of the “usual” protocols of everyday life and ignore that something may be obsolete or no longer serve us.
In an impressive work called The War of Art: Break Through the Blocks and Win Your Inner Creative Battles by Steven Pressfield, the author denounces resistance!
I bring this up because “The Art of the Voice,” spoken or sung, does not escape this resistance. “The enemy is the best teacher …” Dalai Lama. To benefit from his teachings, we must first identify the resistance and its manifestations.
One of the first obstacles (difficulty, inhibition, self-censorship) with respect to the voice is fear of oneself; the fear of what our voice has the potential to reveal. This anxiety, of course, is disproportionate and hinders free and confident vocal expression.
The work I do with companies, organizations, groups and individuals helps people understand the power the voice has and how deep it goes in allowing us to project a stronger place and sense of self – this isn’t just about creating a better singing voice – this is about how the voice is used in everyday life for speaking, engaging with people and putting a purpose behind it all.
- ‘’Do not let your mind wander,
- Pay attention,
- Cultivate compassion,
- Be stable,
- Do not wait.”
― The Tibetan Book of the Dead for Reading Aloud, Adapted by Jean-Claude van Itallie