Reflecting on Percussion (& More on the Book…)
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“Self-Reflection is the gateway to freedom.”
~ Dzigar Kongtrul
While working diligently to bring forth the upcoming book Doing The Knowledge: Ascending into Action, I find myself doing a lot of reflection. For example, I played the drums all throughout my high-school career and for a large part of today, I’ve been thinking about that experience and all that it’s meant for me.
I first mentioned this on The Infinite Nature of the Mind teleseminar, how taking my percussion thing seriously was the first major goal I ever set (and achieved) for myself and – after some serious introspection – how I realized all of the wisdom and personal growth I’ve gained from it. Through percussion and my numerous adventures with different bands and drum corps, I didn’t just learn about music…I learned about life.
Besides reflecting, I’ve also been doing some heavy research for my very first book, looking for advice on how to best construct it. One extremely useful resource I ran into is Naomi Rose’s www.EssentialWriting.com, where she uses the idea of “Writing from the Deeper Self” as a foundational concept to help writers scribe at their best. Essentially, the energy to put great words on paper comes from a spiritual center of self-knowledge, not from some mechanics or “tricks-of-the-trade.” With this approach, the author becomes the book, and the process of writing is really the process of him opening his pages (inner self) to the world. As a book-developer, Naomi helps aspiring writers to do just that.
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Something Cool to End Off With:
Looking for something cool to bring closure to this post with, I’ve added a video of Drum Corp International (DCI) 2004 Snare Drum Champion Ivan Pacheco below.
Now, don’t get me wrong – I’m nowhere near this guy’s level of playing, but the drum corp field is where most of my influence has come from, and this video will give you a taste of the magnificence I would see on a daily basis.
Go ahead and take a look,
(ps: Drum Corps season pops off every summer – check out the DCI Website to see if there’s a live event near you!)
Do The Knowledge!——————————————————————————————–
*Have an old saxophone lying around? A rusty trombone, maybe? Dust it off and see what it’s like to get back into the groove. If music wasn’t your thing coming up, take a look at some old poetry or a journal you used to keep your feelings in (old notebooks and projects from elementary school can do the job too).
Find anything that’ll bring back nostalgic memories, and
see what thoughts your mental time-traveling creates.