The present moment, in my experience, is most easily obtained when I’m playing my guitar. It’s especially keen when I’m in the midst of others, playing music, singing, and feeling the incredibly connected vibration of Presence in song. There’s a circle of dance when people come together to the sound and energy of music. In fact, from my observations as a song leader and performer, the physical dance begins with the dance of the heart.
I started playing guitar when I was 10 years old. I was painfully shy about it. I would play in my bedroom with the door shut, still not aware that I could be heard through-out the house. My Mom confessed years later that she would stand outside my door and pray to God, “please don’t break her heart”. My love for playing ruled me. It was my therapy, my secret keeper, my Savior.
Today, it’s not quite that serious. It’s certainly a significant part of my Life Force, but I find much more joy and freedom in sharing it with others. I wouldn’t be who I am today, however, if my guitar wasn’t there for that little girl behind closed doors.
I hope to sing with you sometime soon!