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Non-Judgmental Practice

I am no meditation guru, by any long stretch of the wild imagination. But when I meditate, I always become a better version of myself. I’ve been studying meditation a bit more, recently. And one of the basic concepts is the art of non-judgmental noticing.
Follow your breath, in, out, in, out, in, out, in— mind went somewhere else? Did you notice that? Minds do funny things. That’s ok. That’s interesting. But, back to the breath, in, out, in, out, in, out. One of my favorite truths of meditation is that there is no doing it badly. Even if your mind wanders over and over and over and over, as long as you’ve shown up, you’ve begun to receive the benefits of it.
This makes me wonder about vocal practice. I know this is a place where many of my students struggle. It is much easier to get everything working as well as possible when a teacher is sitting in front of them, constantly reminding them of every little thing. In fact, in terms of being technically correct, I know that their practice …

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