Join us for some mindful meditation and reflection – on music. How do human beings experience the arts? Specifically, how do we direct our attention when listening to a piece of music? Can a more contemplative encounter with music enlighten our understanding of it?
Can music listening become a form of mindful meditation? If so, how can we become aware of the memories, emotions, biases, and associations that music elicits? How can we separate our need to understand, scrutinize, and contextualize a work of fine art from the practice of experiencing it wholly, without judgment, in the present moment?
Come share your thoughts and experiences as we have fun listening to music, practicing objective self-awareness, and exploring the process of deep listening.
This month's facilitator is Vanessa Cornett, an associate professor of music, a certified meditation instructor, and author of the book, The Mindful Musician. She currently teaches an honors seminar on art and music as contemplative experiences.
Each month we explore a different aspect of mindfulness and its associated practice from a secular humanist and naturalist perspective -- drawing on the experience and wisdom of participants. Audrey Kingstrom, President, Humanists of MN, coordinates the program with opportunities for shared leadership.