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Keep it Effortless

One of my favorite books on the creative music process is Effortless Mastery, by Kenny Werner. He teaches us to get out of our way, to let go self-consciousness, self-doubt, fear, distraction, and the associated stress we create by these hindrances. He encourages us to let our creativity flow as freely and effortlessly as possible, and as simply and naturally as drawing a breath. He also teaches that to perform effortlessly, we need to always practice with presence and as much ease as we can.

In Yoga, we learn to move with our breath and with as much ease and as little effort as possible. The entire practice of Yoga is to help us move in our best way now and in each moment. We move in unity with our highest self, with our heart, mind, and all parts of our body in sync and present to each breath. To do this takes letting go of anything that feels like stress, anxiety, anger, pain, constriction, competition, or effort.  

Watch any master of anything, and they too will make it look effortless. For example, watch Simone Biles perform the seemingly impossible Yurchenko Pike Vault, which appears to be as easy for her as walking. Though years of practice and training got her to this place of automaticity and excellence, her perfect practice and focus certainly contribute to what looks like effortless mastery and ease.

As you move and create today, stop often and see if you're moving with effort or ease. Then release any unneeded effort and see how easy you can make it. 

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