How conscious attention will reconcile you with your music and make you happier.
I found on Instagram the Músicos al Poder website. I am very happy to share with you the conversation with its creator: Elur Arrieta. Percussionist and tireless researcher, he is possitive that all musicians can be happy.
Musicians to the Power brings mindfulness closer to musicians. This science, supported by millenary cultures, helps us recover our humanity. Forget our ego, our competitiveness. Be competent but compete in a healthy way, beyond our personal interests. The best objective? To provide value.
“Músicos al Poder” is based on mindfulness. How would you define it in a nutshell?
Mindfulness is a mental attitude in which we decide to pay attention to the present moment, with acceptance, friendliness and without judgment.
Many musicians are struggling with reality, we are not nice. We fight for personal interests. This is because we face exams when we are very young, and we are not scored on our own evolution, but on the performance of the other students. So, we develop a toxic internal dialogue, based on comparison. Unhappiness is served.
How did mindfulness come into your life?
I was studying at Musikene, and as a funny thing, the more I professionalized in music, the less I enjoyed it. I felt more stress, more insecurity. As a result, I started to inquire about well-being.
At that time, my brother finished his career as a handball player, and he started to study sports psychology. Thanks to a professor he had in the university, (David Alvear) he started to be in contact with mindfulness. I tried it and found out that it was the ultimate solution. It’s a recipe, a very measurable tool in which there is systematic training.
Why did you get into the adventure of entrepreneurship?
My classical music discipline made it easy for me to learn about mindfulness, and I also had very good teachers. I felt I had a good foundation. I saw that I fit perfectly into a new professional profile, which was needed in the music world.
I am not a psychologist, nor a therapist, but a professional from another field who uses this psycho-educational tool. I don’t do therapy. I am a transmitter, and I leave in the hands of the musician the responsibility of using this tool well. Besides, I can combine it with my life as a performer.