Doesn’t exist
I sometimes imagine that I’m juggling china plates. One plate is my home life, another one is my violin playing, and another is my teaching. I’m aware that at any moment one of those plates may crash to the floor. Which one will it be? What will I do when that happens?

More valuable that the finest china
When I start feeling this way, I know to step back and ask myself what I can let go of. These decisions are difficult to make. I don’t want to forget to pay a bill or eat properly. I don’t want to let down my colleagues and mess up an otherwise beautiful performance. I don’t want to not give my students my very best.

A safety hazard
Not eating and sleeping adequately can affect one’s health and cause accidents. Stressing out about concerts can’t be healthy either. Not being fully present for students has the potential for unsafe situations as well. My solution is to prioritize my health and say “no.” Don’t multitask, meditate instead.

Violinist Linda Beers is the creator of the Inspiration for Violinists, a 50 card deck. Each card has a unique image and text inspiring musicianship, mindfulness and spirituality.

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