3 Ways to Ground Yourself
The word grounded can be elusive. It can be one of those things teachers passionately yell at you: “Ground yourself!” (Guilty as charged.)
Being grounded means something different to everyone, and part of the fun is exploring what groundedness means to you. Does it means security? Stability? Clarity?
Maybe all! Here are 3 ways you can think about being grounded when you’re playing:
What’s supporting your body/your air? Are you tapped into where you’re holding tension? Do you feel like the chair/ground are supporting you? Are you tuned into your breath?
What’s your plan? Do you know exactly where you’re phrasing to? Where the trouble spots are? Where you’re breathing or taking time? Are you grounded in your ideas?
Are you grounded in your ability to recover? Are you confident? Have you practiced performing and do you have a plan for the mental chatter than may appear when you make those inevitable mistakes? Have you reaffirmed your worthiness no matter what happens on stage?
We hope this is helpful! Cheering for you, always.