The Incredible Lightness of Virtuosity

June 7th, 2010

One of the keys to virtuosity I described in the AOV is lightness, a lightness of touch in everything you do.

Imagine my surprise on reading this excerpt from The Ultimate Happiness Prescription by Deepak Chopra (page 43).

Lightness of being in my body will be my indicator of happiness. If I feel heavy or dull, I will pay special attention, because these feelings are signs that I am suffering from inertia …

I’ve always known that the principle of lightness extends beyond guitar playing and this excerpt reaffirms that conviction.

What does happiness and playing guitar well have to do with each other?

Because both describe a state of perfect equilibrium, of pure effortlessness, where you’re able to accomplish anything you want without stress or strain.

As the old Sage Lao Tzu said:

“The Virtuoso does not do and yet everything is done.”

One important qualification:

Lightness is not to be confused with weakness. On the contrary, lightness is the true source of power.

Only by being light will you be able to fully tap into your natural power, but that’s an article in itself, which you can read about in the chapter “The Art of Power” in the AOV.

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