Sunday, March 30, 2014

Sunday Musing 30-Repentance

     I have recently been pondering Adam and Eve's experience with guilt, and the hiding that followed.  When we do something wrong, our first instinct is often to hide it.  We feel shame and guilt.  The word isolation has been on my mind; we tend to isolate ourselves from God when we realize we are not living as we should. We go hide in the bushes, so to speak.  Pretty soon we get used to the isolation and  forget that we are  separated.  We might even begin to rationalize and justify what we have done in an attempt, conscious or unconscious, to make the guilt go away (another kind of hiding).  Some of us react this way to even little lapses in generally good behavior.  It might not be something we have done; it might be things we have neglected to do that drives us into the bushes.
     While pondering this I became aware of how this behavior is destructive.  It separates us from God.  It's bad enough that we have done something wrong (or think it's much worse than it is, in some cases); we  make our situation more lengthy and complicated when we separate ourselves from God.  Our river of personal growth is damned up.
     The Lord wants us to come to Him; the adversary encourages us to hide.  We need to come out of the bushes and move forward.  That takes faith.  That can be the start of repentance.  That's what the Atonement of Christ is for. 
     I found this wonderful article this morning while looking for LDS blogs.  It's a great explanation of what repentance is.

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

LDS Women and Priesthood

     This is a link to an article on Meridian Magazine.  I really like it; I agree with the writer.  It's too bad people don't get a chance to hear balanced news about religious issues.  It seems most  national news media (maybe all) is more concerned about money, ratings, power, etc. than truth.  So sad...and frightening.  This is the United States of America, but even here it seems God is often tucked away in a backroom offstage.

Friday, March 14, 2014

Weekly Music Nugget 63

     This weekend I am playing two concerts which include lots of spiccato and  sautille bowings.  These are different varieties of bowings in which the bow is bounced (kind of like little jumps).
     I remember how difficult it was for me to learn how to play spiccato.  Different teachers worked with me, to no avail.  Finally my college violin teacher changed my bow grip, and I was off and running.  Once I figured it out, I could quickly move ahead.
     My next  challenge was sautille.  This bow stroke utilizes the natural springiness of the bow.  It only works in what is known as the "sweet spot" of the bow, which varies a bit from bow to bow.  The sensation is that the bow is doing the "bouncing" by itself (some say the bow actually never leaves the string), but the performer controls it.  It's hard to explain, and it's hard to teach.  I remember discussions about it in my pedagogy classes years ago.  This little discussion doesn't do it justice.
     When it was time for me to learn sautille, once again I didn't get it.  My teacher (BYU at the time) tried all kinds of things, and nothing worked.  One day he used a different word.  I don't remember what the word was, but something clicked and I figured out the bow stroke.  Then I was off and running; in fact, once I got it, it became a strength.
     This afternoon I watched a YouTube video about teaching sautille to violists.  It was not particularly good, and as I reflected on my experiences with sautille, I suddenly realized that sautille isn't taught.  It is discovered.  It's kind of like learning to ride a bike.  How do you explain how to ride a bike?  That's pretty tricky.  You show and you explain.  You hold the bike while the rider attempts it.  Finally, often after many failed attempts, the rider gets it.  The rider practices for awhile, and he is off and running independently.  Now, ask the rider how this came about!
     Teaching sautille is a process of guided discovery!

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