‘Force multiplication‘ is a military term, and refers to: “a factor that dramatically increases (hence “multiplies”) the effectiveness of an item, group or activity.”
I believe that in terms of: making music, creating anything, and living life, the greatest force multiplier is…
The practice of Meditation.
Now, I am aware that ‘meditation’ is a loaded word. It carries a lot of associations. So to be clear, when I talk about meditation, I am simply talking about: the practice of becoming more present and more internally free. This is a very normal thing. No incense or beads are required. ;-)
Being able to be more present and internally free is a transferable skill that upgrades any and every area of life. Want to create art? Meditation makes it better. Writing email? Makes it better. Doing the dishes? Makes it better. Making love? Makes it better. Living life, in all it’s beautiful, broken, chaotic and random glory?…
Makes it better.
Simply put: it makes you happier in the doing of whatever it is that you are doing, and it renders the product of whatever you are doing in a higher resolution.
In my life I have found that meditating regularly means: I am generally a lot happier, I create with greater ease and much more joy, and my relationships are far deeper and more authentic. Also, when something painful happens, I am able to process it far more smoothly in far less time than it would otherwise have taken me.
Making art shouldn’t be painful, it should be a joy. It should flow effortlessly and make you happy. In my experience, it is not a struggle to create art. At all. What makes it seem like a struggle to some is the fact that: if you are not in the right frame of mind, all of the thoughts and crazy push pull are like blockages in your water pipe. You can try and water your garden, but you are only going to get a trickle of water. So you have two choices. One is to spend a really, really long time trying to water your garden with a trickle of water, or…
You could just clean out whatever’s blocking the flow, then have fun watering your garden and still have time for tango, basket weaving, cheese making or brazilian jujitsu class. ;-)
The record is evolving beautifully. I have been listening to rough takes and mixes of all the tracks each day/night in bed before I sleep. Even in this basic form, I have fallen in love with it a little bit, with all its goofy imperfections and craziness. It is a cool little thing.
I am still working on it at all hours…
…and am very, very happy.
If you have any questions or thoughts, hit me up in the comments section. I am eminently contactable.
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