Mental Health for Musicians – Pray for Strength
There’s been a lot of conflicts lately. Actually, there’s always been a lot of conflicts. The whole history of human evolution is filled with strife, war, famine, disease, rape, and taxes. It’s really no wonder that people turn to religion for answers. If our leaders abuse us then who is left on our side (maybe this book has the answer)? It’s not only the leaders who abuse but also those who take themselves to be leaders. There are many aggressive betas who would love nothing more than to intimidate anyone who doesn’t comply with their every whim. Yes, it’s surprising that the weaker someone is the more likely they are to try and intimidate. How can we overcome these a-holes? We just need to pray for strength.
What Prayer Isn’t
So what am I not suggesting? I’m not saying pray for a million dollars or for retribution or to do it in lieu of acting. There’s still room to talk, earn money and take action. Prayer is not sitting idly by and staring at your navel. Prayer is not unnecessarily evangelizing or Bible-thumping. It’s not my opinion that it’s political (although I REALLY BELIEVE all the politicians are devout Christians like they say 🙄). Most importantly, it doesn’t make you weak.
What Prayer Is (To Me)
For a while, I think strength has been defined in masculine terms but it’s taken on a new meaning lately. Even so, as far ago as Lao Tzu in the Tao Te Ching, there have been more traditionally “feminine” concepts of strength. These include water metaphors (think Bruce Lee) or the resilience of a flexible young tree bending under duress instead of snapping like an established tree. Seems to me, when you pray, you get in touch with this darker, feminine strength which isn’t so obvious. For example, someone called me a piece of shit today. Maybe he’s right but, remember, flowers need to grow in fertile environments and that’s what manure is. Maybe prayer has made me into a piece of crap so I can be creative!
How Do You Do It?
Pray by being quiet. Haven’t you noticed that the loudest people tend to almost always sound stupid? Again, I’m not saying, “Do not speak up.” No. I’m saying that, when encountering a challenge, first look within. Watch what arises in you. Do not go pointing fingers, demanding your rights be respected or otherwise brandishing the sword. Say only as much as you need and no more. You’ll have plenty of time to introspect later. In that alone time, your inner waters will clarify and, without external pressure, a better answer is likely to float up. The truth is, I don’t know of any god. What I have seen though is that, if you practicing using your intelligence enough, it grows stronger.
In summary, pray for strength. If you follow a religious tradition then maybe those methods are best for you and maybe they’re not. Find something that works for you. That method could be totally wrong in the eyes of others but it’s your inner feeling that matters. I don’t know for sure but it seems that, by setting the calmer example, you will show others that there’s a better way and you won’t need to be loud about it. Your actions will follow your values so, if you place silence as your highest value, your actions will engender silence. Hopefully, this has been helpful. If so, leave a comment and check out my other Mental Health for Musicians posts here. If you want to read an awesome book and support me at the same time then get the Tao Te Ching. It’s one of my favorite books and I’ve been carrying it around with me since 2001. Thanks.