Stressing the Strings

First! Stress is the number one killer. Did you know that?

Second! I love my violin. LOVE it (first and second don’t relate yet, but gimme a second). But when I play I tend to clench EVerything. My jaw, my shoulders, my wrist, my fingers, my hand – everything is usually tense- and really hurts! Sometimes I cramp up and have to stop.

Then my violin teacher said something brilliant. She said, “You only need to press down on the string so far for it to make a noise. If you press harder than that, it’s just wasted energy.” *GASP!* She was so right. Here I was thinking about pressing down so hard and for what? I would sound the same if I released a little bit and I would be able to play longer AND pain free.

Now. What if we took this principal into account in our own lives? What if, instead of taking on more, skipping lunch to do more work, pressing on when we’re tired, and striving to keep up with jones’, if we just surrendered a bit? I was saying to someone at work yesterday that I always give 110%. And then I thought, “Like, why? 100% is as high as you can go anyway.” What if I only functioned at 100%? The numbers say that I am still at an A+, but the impact that it would have on my stress levels, time gained for MYSELF and my life, would be huge. That’s 10% more for me!

I’m not saying go out there and be a bunch of slackers, but check your life. Is there something that you put gobs of energy into that is neither not serving you or, more importantly, requires a lot less gobs? Is there anything that you make more difficult or stressful than it has to be? Do you create extra “work” for yourself? And, are you giving energy away?

Think about that.

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Did you come up with some things? Solutions could be making dinner more simple so you can eat earlier and have more relaxation in the evening. Or maybe you get in a 30 minute work out instead of 45 minutes. Maybe don’t fold your underwear into perfect squares. Color coded.

You get my drift. Let go a little. Surrender a little. You will be able to accomplish ALL the great things you want to and maybe more, because you will be at ease. Things will flow and energy will be preserved for your mental and physical health. It will take time, but try to work on it. I just played my violin and I have a big string dent in my finger. I will keep practicing, trying not to stress the string or myself ;)

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