The Noble Goal is a new blog I have created in celebration of my new life of love. The title is based off a quote I read from The Book of Joy by Archbishop Desmond Tutu and the Dalai Lama.
“One of the key paradoxes in Buddhism is that we need goals to grow…but at the same time we must not get overly fixated or attached to these aspirations. If the goal is noble, your commitment to the goal should not be contingent on your ability to attain it. And in pursuit of our goal, we must release our rigid assumptions about how we must achieve it. Peace and equanimity come from letting go of our attachment to the goal and the method. That is the essence of acceptance.”
-Thupten Jinpa (the translator)
I am going to work to set goals, remain detached from the goal and the method, and practice acceptance. This is a new experience for me, as I have never before prioritized self-care and self-love, putting goals second. I imagine there will be little challenges along the way. If you are familiar with my writing, you know I love to get my challenges on record. I am not sure about the role that my original passions (trumpet, voice) will play in the long run, but I am going to try out this new life where my number one priority is loving and taking care of myself. So far, so good.
I write and speak about the social elements that create and sustain performance anxiety in musicians, including shame, instability, and adrenaline. I also write about performance problems regarding those who have struggled with trauma, mental illness, addiction, and disability.
In addition to writing 50+ articles detailing my messy little story regarding the above topics, I have also written for Classical Music Indy, SmartMusic, and Instrumentalist Magazine.
I have been invited to speak in public schools, universities, and in conferences such as the Texas Music Educators Association Convention and The Midwest Clinic. I was most recently selected to speak at SXSW 2019 in Austin, TX.