Have you ever wanted just to numb the pain away?

But a car is spinning tires just outside Blush Lane

They ask for help, you – “of course!”, there is no other way

Their smiles make it hard, at least not today

Have you ever just wanted to grow up and blow away?

Up in the clouds where you’re dreaming almost every single day…

With blinders on you’ll never see or taste or hear them say,

Thanks for stopping to lend a hand so I can get up on my way

I just want to feel loved

Iwant to feel comfortable inside my skin

I want to feel loved (ahwoo!)

Gotta feel it from within

So now it all seems trivial, the things that I could say

Nostalgia of my childhood dreams, for them – just ripped away

Maybe when the time is right, we’ll drop the puck and play,

And kiss and hug and sing and dance as if we’re gone today

I just want to feel loved

I want to feel comfortable inside my skin

I want to feel loved (ahwoo!)

Gotta feel it from within

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I guess I was “too busy”, hyper active with productivity to notice the energy shift.

It came when I was teaching a Musician Wellness course at Long-McQuade. I was teaching energy work, and how to focus your thoughts and channel an “energy ball”. This is typically only something you can do when you have an abundance of energy that needs to release. Clearly, I had that…. I felt like I had a basketball between my hands…

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The result?

Back in my lane. Full throttle.

The Power of Ownership, Positivity and The Greater Good

What a way to wrap things up tonight. Mindset: The True Power of Ownership, Attitude and the Greater Good. There is so much to this topic it was super challenging to fit it into two hours! Huge shout out to @longandmcquade Calgary North for the awesome venue and support for the music community, and to all those that attended, thank you. It was great to get to know each of you and I’m very excited to stay in the loop and see how you implement your key takeaways. If you are feeling bold and took the course (or even if you didn’t) I’d encourage you to comment one key action you’re going to implement RIGHT NOW to start to turn around the one thing that’s limiting you from your best self. I know, heavy. We got this! Tag a friend that needs the kick too. We are a collective, after all @musicfithq • • • #lifecoach #musicfit #nutrition #mindset #movement #longandmcquade #musicianwellnessyyc #life #love #live #laugh #attitude #rad #raditude #groove #movement #groovement #pineappleguacamole #yoga #bodhitreeyoga #stretch #relax #fitness #drums #speaker #guitar #whiplash #calgary #yyc #localmusic #fitnessyyc

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You see, our bodies harbour emotional turmoil, negative stressors and physiological trauma in the weirdest ways. We bury them, deep within our thoughts and until we allow ourselves to visit these thoughts, we don’t truly get well. Oftentimes, I’ve helped to guide people that were so numb from the emotional wreckage they’d put on themselves (usually from years of self-neglect couple with traumatic experiences) that they didn’t even feel anything until days after. Like a car wreck. Or legs day with me. 😉

I’ve been fortunate enough to have around me a world-class support system, and I encourage you to pick and choose who you are around. And more importantly, what you believe. While most of us have heard the cliche saying “you’re the product of the 5 people you’re around the most”, I challenge you (and heard reiterated by a mentor of mine, JP Sears, that it’s even more powerful to recognize that you’re the sum of the 5 beliefs you’re around the most.

What a whirlwind of expression, abundance and gratitude. That’s only the first 48 hours of the MFHQ (check the Collective out here as we are going through some major changes to bring to you, the music industry an unbelievable service that’s been laying dormant for quite some time). We can all write, we can all train, we can all know “that guy”. I’m just the host of the party.

I said it tonight. it doesn’t so much matter who you know. Rather, I have found in my experience (which counts for a lot these days) “who knows you” matters much, much more.

Authenticity shines and someday we’ll find it.

Keep being real. Keep being silly. Keep the fire warm. Keep your stick on the ice.

2 Pro Tips to Create Space

  1. Let go of anything physical or emotional that’s holding you back – you must release. Forgive yourself for the past, let go of your thoughts and belief systems that chain you to a ball. Anything that devalues you, part ways with. Sometimes this can be represented by physical moments, memories, gifts and things that connote negative energy just by being around you. These things must leave. Bye bye.
  2. Same with relationships. These are sometimes the hardest parts to cut because your belief system has triggered an auto-response. Fun Fact – Beliefs are completely non truthful. Eat your hat.

Food For Thought

What’s one action you can take right now to change something in your life that only brings you down?

Write it down. Do it.

Thanks for reading,

Namaste sweet!

-M

Ps.

If you’re ready to get started and address the demons send me a note and we’ll set up a 15 minute Skype Life Coaching call, complimentary. You can also pre-register here for my next Online Coaching Webinar on the topic of Goalsetting to save 20%.

I’ll be doing that Sunday, January 21 at 7pm MST – save the date…

Let’s get some positive vibes riding those waves… mike@mikeschwartz.ca

It can destroy a man or a woman alike. From the inside out.

 

 

With just a ripple, the entire landscape changes. The trees up above seem displaced, the birds soaring overhead are off…

Even the way things seem under the surface is unsettling when that ripple takes over. It might be the wind. It might be the fish or a slap of a tail from the beaver. Whatever it was today, it doesn’t matter. It’s off. Use caution when you approach the shoreline, or the docks, or the stones across the creek…but simply close your eyes…

 

For when you come back tomorrow, you’ll see the trees, the birds, the beautiful mural of nature on the surface. And to match- and more importantly – you’ll hear the powerful symphony beneath the surface if you listen carefully. It’s just a ripple.

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Photo by Gabe Rodriguez on Unsplash

For many of us musicians here in the fine city of Calgary, AB we will find ourselves for about ten days, working 5:30am until 2:30am back to back. Some know it as the gauntlet. Others just call it hell, but to anyone not performing it’s known as the greatest outdoor show on earth: The Calgary Stampede.

One of the keys to a powerful performance consistently night in, night out for any musician often goes overlooked. It’s water! So many healthful benefits yet, why do we as performers often struggle to keep hydrated? Especially before, during and after our performance?

Here’s my top three reasons you may want to top up that water bottle with straight, pure H2O next gig.

  1. Retain Mental Clarity
  2. Avoid Reduced Muscular Endurance
  3. Avoid Physical Exhaustion, Heat Stroke, Coma and Death

 

  1. Retain Mental Clarity
    • as a performer, it’s pretty crucial to be on your “A” game, every game. One of the first really noticeable signs of dehydration is mental clarity. You will become unfocused, “foggy” and slow with motor skills. These things tend to hamper musical ability. Drink up.
  2. Avoid Reduced Muscular Endurance
    • AKA You become slower and you can’t play as long. Hmm.. not ideal for someone that may need to play 3 sets multiple times per day. Drink up.
  3. Avoid Physical Exhaustion, Heat Stroke, Coma and Death

Official stats tell us that it doesn’t take much percentage of body water lost to throw the system off. Specifically, only 3% loss before you’ll experience reduced muscular endurance, 4% before you start talking funny and losing focus and at a mere 5% loss of body water you’ll hit heat exhaustion, and run the risk of reduced mental capacity.

Morale of the story. Water is your best friend as a musician. Stay hydrated and always at your best!

For more information on the benefits of drinking water, click here! My friends at Precision Nutrition explain in detail the many benefits of a well hydrated body and mind!

Remember, you don’t have to be a rock star to start, but you do have to start in order to become a rock star. Stay sweet, kids and please share this article or show me some blog love if you dig it!