Articles tagged with: spirituality

01 April 2020

The Attitude of Gratitude

Posted in News and Announcements

Thank you to the world for this opportunity to keep on serving you

The Attitude of Gratitude

When life slaps you in the face, what do you do?

You get to decide. It is all up to you. But if you keep walking with an attitude of gratitude for the things that still work, for the sun that shines warm on your face, the wind that cools you down, the rain that waters the plants, the stars that shine at night, and the song that plays on in your heart - you'll have a much better time of it.

I am able to give a huge shout of "THANK YOU" to the kalimba community for my job of sailing this ship called Kalimba Magic. Thank you for trusting me at this time.

08 April 2020

Build Yourself Up

Posted in News and Announcements

We are very rich in time just now - what will we do with it?

Build Yourself Up

This particular moment is a fantastic time to pick up the kalimba. It attracts you into the NOW and invites you to focus in as deeply as you can.

And when the world looks as it does right now, with fear and uncertainty, having something that you CAN do to create beauty and an aura of peace gives you a confidence-boosting sense of control over your life.

08 April 2020

John Burns is Having the Time of His Life

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Playing Sansula and Native American Flute at 86, he is at a peak of his musical career

John Burns is Having the Time of His Life

At the age of 86, John Burns of Melbourne, Australia is having the time of his life, playing meditative music on the Native American Flute and the Sansula. He started playing tuba in high school, then a rare chording harmonica. He continues his exploration of arpeggiated chords, now on the Sansula.

John brings the sensitivity and spirituality of the Native American Flute to his Sansula playing, and he touches the hearts of the people for whom he plays.

25 September 2016

Kalimba and Mindfulness - 2

Written by Mark Holdaway, Posted in News and Announcements

Please study this application of mindfulness to the process of learning to play specific music on kalimba

Kalimba and Mindfulness - 2

Have you ever struggled to learn a piece of music on the kalimba, really studied in detail the exact notes you need to play?  It seems that the kalimba is a simple instrument - there are only a few tines for your left thumb and a few tines for the right thumb.  Surely this is simple.  You should be able to master this instrument after a week of playing it, right?

But as soon as you approach a challenging song on the kalimba (and "challenging" is relative to where you are in your kalimba development), you may well feel that it's impossible.  The notation system seems confusing.  You are getting hopelessly lost on the instrument.  Maybe you can connect three or four notes, but you cannot get any momentum, and you cannot get any flow.  You cannot create music - certainly not the way you can when you just let your thumbs off the leash and start free playing.

Here is how mindfulness can help you.

15 September 2016

Kalimba and Mindfulness - 1

Written by Mark Holdaway, Posted in News and Announcements

Conscious attention can bring many benefits to you and your music

Kalimba and Mindfulness - 1

What is mindfulness?  For me, mindfulness is being as present as I can be to the moment that is unfolding.  

Consider music as a sort of plow that is able to cut a furrow through the present moment.  Good music invites the listener to become entrained in that furrow as the musical plowshare cuts through the unfolding succession of present moments .  Good music, happy, sad, or otherwise, can be a great comfort as it can largely take us from whatever pathway we were wandering down, and instead directs our internal gaze (our attention) to fall upon something wonderful and beautiful.  Mindfulness can help us to be more attentive to the music and to experience it more deeply.

Can the kalimba be a tool for mindfulness?  Of course!