How to Play a Mindfulness Exercise Alone
As a mindfulness exercise, you sat down at your piano today and played. And the noise from the world just slipped away.
You hadn’t played for a while but it didn’t matter. Once learnt it’s never forgotten. A golfer repeatedly swings a club to create an automatic response. And so, you learned with hours of character-building piano practise: both loved and hated in equal measure. Now playing today is a peaceful mind exercise.
Your fingers remember the feel of the keys and recreate the same music with only a few mistakes.
There is no guilt. It isn’t like the electronic chess board coated in dust at the back of the bookcase. This gift to your emotional intelligence is well used even when you don’t play. It plays itself.
But there is no-one, for it or you, to play to today. You are alone.
What are mindfulness exercises and why are they important?
The theory behind mindfulnessis that by using various exercises you can bring your attention to the present. By focusing on your body and your breathing you can:
- Notice how thoughts come and go in your mind like clouds in the sky. You don’t have to let them define who you are and have them taint your experience of the world. You can just watch them pass.
- Feel what your body feels. For example, tension or anxiety can be noticed, such as a faster heartbeat or tense muscles.
- Create space between you and your thoughts, so you can choose to react more calmly instead of instinctively.
In the age of innovation, we notice a front runner in business. Good leadership skills go hand in hand with emotional intelligence (EQ). The ability to remain calm under pressure, to adapt and change. To be able to communicate effectively whatever the medium. For a person to have confidence in their abilities, but to know when to ask for help. That is what I want for my children. Do you?
The Leaders of Tomorrow Play the Piano Today
Not only does playing a musical instrument change the shape of your brain, it increases a person’s intellect (IQ) by seven points. And these changes occur regardless of the age a person starts to play.
The benefits don’t end there. Musical training also improves your:
- ability to perceive different emotions in others;
- ability to plan;
- control of your bodily movement;
- problem-solving skills;
- listening skills;
all of which are important when increasing your emotional intelligence. So, a better EQ and IQ just from learning to play the piano!
The Piano is the Gift That Just Keeps Giving
The piano is a bespoke gift that just keeps giving: in brain growth; in improving the range of your bodily movement; and in peaceful mind exercises, allowing the worries of the world to fade into the background to be dealt with when the time is right.
But which piano is right for you?
Edelweiss has been leading the way in reinventing the traditional piano for decades: ever since a young physicist knew that the slightest change to its workings would make a huge difference to the way it sounds.
At the advent of the Edelweiss self-playing piano, Mr Norman’s son came up with the idea that customers should be able to choose what their piano looked like.
Today, we don’t make plain black pianos. Black exteriors mix with on trend green, blue or, if you prefer, popular red interiors. We can match any colour your heart desires. Even to your sofa, if you bring in a fabric sample.
And we still manufacture the smallest grand piano in the world. Perfect for a child learning to play. Or for elegance in your yacht.
Whether you are looking for a live concert hall in your home, to learn an instrument to improve your all-round intelligence, or just something to play mindfulness exercises on to cope with your stress. Look no further than our 2020 collection and the Edelweiss Classic Piano.