Category Archives: Stillness

Caffeinated Calmness

You know that feeling of being charged up, ready for action, batteries all at 100%, yet at the same time feeling a profound inner stillness? In younger years, I thought the two states were mutually exclusive. Lately I’ve been experiencing … Continue reading

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Optimism, Pessimism, the Pursuit of ‘Happiness’ and our own Slice of ‘Reality’

Evan Bortnick       http://musa-vocalis.de/ Gesangsunterricht Wiesbaden I’ve always found Freud’s idea of “The Pleasure Principle” fascinating. When I watch myself and those I know make choices over and over and over again, which by any reasonable standards would be considered antithetical … Continue reading

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Motility and Mobility

Evan Bortnick       http://musa-vocalis.de/ Gesangsunterricht Wiesbaden It’s always been a particular fascination of mine how singers move. The raised shoulders, the furrowed eyebrows, the tensed upper lip, the pelvic wave all have both an emotional expression AND a very specific technical, … Continue reading

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LIFE = DRAMA

Evan Bortnick   http://musa-vocalis.de/ Gesangsunterricht Wiesbaden I have to admit, a part of me loves this quote. It definitely got me thinking about my own beliefs. The one arising now is about how the real juice of life, the liveliness of … Continue reading

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Coaching and „The ReConnection“

Evan Bortnick   http://musa-vocalis.de/ Gesangsunterricht Wiesbaden It’s never been a big secret that over the years I’ve been interested in, let’s say, “Alternate” ways of perceiving. It’s a point of honor with me that, no matter how enthusiastic I’ve gotten about … Continue reading

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