You know that feeling when you finally ‘get’ what someone is talking about. Up until then, you think you understand what they mean, then Presto!, something clicks, something falls into place, and you realize that what you knew before was the tip of the iceberg, and now you know there is more under the surface….
That’s discovery. How exciting is that?!!
As a student, it’s thrilling, and as a teacher, doubly so, as it means you, as a student, are taking risks and discovering new ways to explore singing and sound.
There are external and internal discoveries. External discoveries are those outside of your body – perhaps you found a new restaurant, found a hidden drawer in your antique desk, maybe it was forgotten treasure at the back of your closet?
I am talking today about internal discoveries. Those real moments when your brain makes a connection with a physical act of exploration.
Internal discoveries don’t just happen in singing, as you probably know. Discoveries happen in yoga class, in the classroom, in the workplace, etc.. Sometimes they are new methods of doing things, sometimes it’s a whole new process that works better for you overall, and sometimes it’s a simple as adjusting your big toe slightly!
Re-discovery can be tricky, though…especially when you’re learning singing, or even another instrument!
Have you ever discovered something then went back later to try and find ‘it’ – whatever ‘it’ may be, and it’s been harder to find? Sort of like chasing a dragon?
Don’t despair! Sometimes the harder you chase, the more elusive it is. Here is a process to try, the next time you are returning to a discovery.
- Think back to the date, time of day, and location of that discovery.
- Remember in great detail all aspects of that time, including what you were wearing, who said what, how you were feeling.
- If it helps, close your eyes and envision that moment in your head
- Now try to replicate what you ‘discovered’ in the present time.
You’ll probably find that muscle memory will kick-in. You may also find that the re-discovery isn’t as strong a ‘feeling’ as the discovery. In my experience, this is completely normal. It’s just a sign that you are incorporating this ‘discovery’ into your being.
If the steps above don’t seem to work, don’t despair – just keep exploring those sensations. You will find it again!
Once you have found it multiple times, you own it! It will now be a process of refining and integrating what you have discovered into your daily practice.
What kind of discoveries have you made – external or internal? Are they special and memorable? Hit the Reply link above and share your discoveries!