The difficulty of being “musical”

I’m gonna lay this out there first: Being musical is not hard. So…why do you think it’s hard? You think it’s hard because you were told it’s hard.

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Why “anxiety” is so hard to fix

In the West, we separate the mind and the body. This is counterproductive. There’s not a strict line between “psychological” problems and “physical” problems. We’re taught that anxiety

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Why we hate making mistakes

Musicians, artists, writers and other creators deal with problems like these: Perfectionism Performance anxiety Tension Writer’s block Low self-confidence They’re all based on a common source: a fear

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Read this if you’re a perfectionist

If you’re a perfectionist, you must meditate. You won’t get rid of perfectionism otherwise. Perfectionism is an anxiety disorder. You’re afraid of making mistakes. The only cure for

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This is how cults recruit members

Your friends and family and teachers are out to screw you over. Don’t believe me? Try doing something unexpected (but good for you), and watch what happens. They

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I don’t understand why I should meditate everyday

I got a question: “Why should I meditate everyday?” Good question, thanks for asking. You should meditate everyday because, if you don’t, you will suck at meditation. It’s

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Ignore the piano losers and be a winner

I want you to win at piano. Ready for a secret? Drop your arms on the keyboard with each and every beat. Piano teachers hate me for giving

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Is motivation necessary to do things?

I got a question the other day. Actually, it was last night. No, wait. It was this morning. The question was: “Is motivation necessary to do things?” Answer:

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I suck at jazz, and that’s exactly why I’m qualified to teach it

This is the fifth email I’ve written today. I sat down and said “I’m going to write five emails all in one go.” I don’t know if I’ll

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Put your money where your mouth is

“Michael, if you think retreats are necessary to learn meditation, why would I pay you for a course? Why not just do a retreat? Isn’t your course just

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