Good Horse, Bad Horse

In his book Zen Mind, Beginner's Mind, Zen master Shunryu Suzuki approaches the question of fast and slow learners in terms of horses. "In our scriptures, it is said that there are four kinds of horses: excellent ones, good ones, poor ones, and bad ones. The best horse will run slow and fast, right and left, at [...]

Deserving It

One of the profound lessons I've learned over the course of working on my voice is that 'functional success' often comes easily when I'm not pushing for a result or 'end-gaining' (to borrow a term from Alexander Technique). There is something pervasive in the idea of 'earning' something. Whether that something is success, accomplishment, fame, or fortune. [...]