"When you begin to question your dream, awakening will not be far away."
-Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VIoP9mhhSLkMy favorite of the three movements of the Mozart sonata I've been playing. Strangely, I am much better than I "should" be--as if I somehow have "help." I have not figured out what to do with this "gift" yet...I won't send more links, but you're welcome to look sometimes if interested.
You could locate the nearest nursing home with a piano, and offer to play for them once a week. The quickest way to destroy Ahaṃkāra is through selfless service, and all the great saints speak of serving the sick, poor and hopeless.
That is an interesting idea! I will need to expand my repertoire of polished pieces so I don't inflict bad playing on nursing home residents, and learn some 20th century favorites. I will also have to get over my fear/nervousness about playing for others.You'll never guess who I saw outside my office building this morning--I think (85% sure) the swami you mentioned in your newsletter and in class (same guy both times, right?). I found a picture online, and I THINK it was the same man. People wearing orange robes and a mala do tend to stand out downtown. Not sure why he was there, probably he was not looking for a meal at the Rainforest Cafe.
Whatever gifts you give to people with love will be well-accepted. How "polished" a piece is does not have the same significance to your listeners as it does to you. Play your music for others with love.
Well, that is a good point Anon! One that I hadn't considered. When I was learning it was all perfection and discipline. One teacher would smack my hands with a ruler to make me play right (ouch!). I quit in college because I obviously wasn't a concert pianist (talk about all-or nothing thinking) and the years of discipline took all the joy out of it.Anyway, the first assisted-living facility I emailed said yes, but they do their music programming on weekday afternoons and my full-time office job isn't that flexible. So we'll see what happens.