I bet you're wondering why I call myself a "Mindful Vocal Coach". Well, lucky for you, I'm about to give you a big ol' explanation in blog form. I know, Christmas has come early this year(!) But before we get into all of that, I want to make sure we're all clear on what I mean by "mindful".
Mindfulness has become very popular over the past decade and when we use the word mindful, that's what we tend to think of. Understandable. The definitions are essentially the same.
There is, however, a difference between practising mindfulness and being mindful, now that its becoming a proper technique amongst mental health professionals and a lot of research has been pumped into it. And while I practise mindfulness personally, I don't plan my singing lessons with the intention to teach someone else how to do this. Although there are definitely some overlaps within the exercises I use. I know I know. I'm confusing you. Well let's break it down, shall we?
THERE ARE TWO TYPES OF MINDFULNESS
The state of mindfulness:
A mental state achieved by focusing one's awareness on the present moment, while calmly acknowledging and accepting one's feelings, thoughts, and bodily sensations.
And the practice of mindfulness:
Mindfulness is a type of meditation which involves breathing methods, guided imagery, and other practices to relax the body and mind and help reduce stress.
The differences are subtle but they are there. I am in no way a mindfulness coach and I don't want to trick anyone into thinking that I am, but I do incorporate some mindfulness techniques into my teaching because they have help me in the past.
My lessons focus on the act of being mindful and how this affects your singing practice. I take in consideration each person's individual learning style, their present emotional and mental state and their thoughts and feelings about their singing journey. All of these things can have a huge affect on how much we learn and I aim guide my students as they begin to understand all these personal things.
If you have any questions or comments, feel free to get in touch on the contact page. I would love to start as many conservations on this topic as possible.
Keep positive and be kind to yourself. Always.