Me in the Middle of Piano Solos ~ Chopin

Last Fall I took a course in Mindfulness Meditation ~ Transcendence, Well-Being and Positive Aging ~ with the OLLI at UVA (Osher Life-Long Learning Institute). It emphasized the benefits of maintaining a transcendent mindset through meditation.  One of those attending the class mentioned that he was offering a course in Spring called ‘Piano Solos’.  I thought to myself that this sounded like the kind of course that would be perfect to follow up the meditation course.  And it is!

The instructor is 82 years old and plays Chopin by memory!  I haven’t been a real fan of classical music.  Just dabbled in it every now and then.  It does have a transcendent quality about it that I’m finding very relaxing.

chopin-memorial

Chopin Monument ~ Paris

The more interesting part of the class is learning about the composers who wrote this genre of music.  In many cases they were genuises.  Frederic Chopin was 7 years old when he wrote his first symphony and 8 years old when he first performed. “He was a Polish composer and virtuoso pianist of the Romantic era who wrote primarily for solo piano. He has maintained worldwide renown as a leading musician of his era, one whose “poetic genius was based on a professional technique that was without equal in his generation.”[1]Wikipedia He was 39 years old when he died, probably of pericarditis aggravated by tuberculosis.

One of the many nice things about positive aging is having the time to learn more about the many things you didn’t have the time to learn about during your busier, younger years.

Frederic Chopin ~ Romance

 

Me in the Middle of Well Being and Positive Aging

“It is no measure of health to be well adjusted to a profoundly sick society.”

– Jiddu Krishnamurti ~

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The course I’m taking right now with OLLI (Osher Lifelong Learning Institute) with the University of Virginia has really given me the support I was looking for to apply the lessons I’ve learned over the years of my life.  Transcendence, Well Being and Positive Aging helps you to maintain a ‘transcendent mindset’.  This is something that becomes easier and clearer as we get older if we’re open to being in the moment and being mindful.  We’ve learned more about ourselves and are more willing to choose the behaviors that lead to our well being instead of being pushed and pulled by others and society’s expectations.  I’m finding it a refreshing validation of how to set my own healthy boundaries during these years of letting go and simplifying my life in order to meet the inevitable changes that come with aging.

“Buddhism asserts each of us are born with Buddhanature (something akin to the western concept of a soul, but more precisely a luminous expanse of awareness), an intrinsic state of wholeness that can be discovered and cultivated through meditation.”  

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Emergent Mind:  Each moment we are constructing our mind, feeding it perceptions, sensations and thoughts which coalesce into beliefs and reality pictures which in turn foster positive or negative feelings.

-Kindnessis a powerful reminder that behind all the negativity and malice, there lies goodnessthat has the powerto change the world.- (1)