Monday, November 15, 2021

Zen Guitar

 Thanks to my always inspiring colleague Max Sent for this. He hipped me to a great book entitled "Zen Guitar" by Philip Toshio Sudo. Don't let the title fool you. It could just as easily be called "Zen Drums", or "Zen Auto Mechanics" or "Zen Muffin Baking" for that matter! It's hard to describe, but it's basically about becoming the best YOU at whatever activity you decide.

Here's a few quotes:

“So many different formulas can work that there’s no real formula. What’s important is to learn from whomever or whatever you can, at your own rate, in your own way. How or when you learn doesn’t matter, so long as the learning occurs.”

“There are musicians who, in the name of artistic freedom, espouse violence, racial hatred, and sexism, then disavow the ripple effects of their actions. Many more exploit the media to gain fame, yet refuse to accept that they serve as role models for young people. This is not the Way of Zen Guitar.”

Anyone who has studied martial arts, even casually, will recognize some of the concepts in the book, yet, similarly to playing guitar, one does not have to have studied Kung Fu to benefit from the wisdom presented here. I highly recommend this book to anyone who wants to improve in any area of their life. :) 

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