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The rhythm of mindfulness
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.
According to your experience, give us some advice to start a business.
There are two key points:
Focus on what you believe in, what you care about. And based on that, create interesting content. If you really like something, you will convey it with more substance and emotion.
Resist adversity, as in a long-distance race. Do not deceive yourself: to succeed, you have to put aside fame and personal gain.
"Success changes in life, but basically it is a consequence, not a goal. For example, many musicians consider that they are successful if they feel admired, or they have many followers in social networks. However, it is the other way around. If the goal is to bring value to society, musicians end up being accepted and admired..." Elur Arrieta
But, what is success for you?
Success changes in life, but basically it is a consequence, not a goal. For example, many musicians consider that they are successful if they feel admired, or they have many followers in social networks. However, it is the other way around. If the goal is to bring value to society, musicians end up being accepted and admired...
What other projects do you have now?
Musically I'm in a sweet spot. I'm a teacher at the Leioa conservatory, a freelance musician in orchestras like the BOS, and I also have my dearest project called Musbika.
The Musbika brand and association was born to raise awareness through music. Right now we are giving two performances. The first is baroque and colonial music with historical criteria. And the other, with the association Nakusarbe and the percussion duo Perkusbika, to make families aware of marine pollution.
Are you writing a book in the near future?
I'd want it, but what I lack is time (smiles). I have in mind first to create an online course. Then, with the experiences of that course and the material I already have, I could start with the book.
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