Confessions of an Anxious Harpist—Part 2

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Grace Browning, principal harpist of the Rochester Philharmonic and Santa Fe Opera, has been harping for 25 years from coast to coast. In addition to performing, Grace enjoys writing, teaching, hosting concerts, Instagramming, and spoiling her sweet rescue pup, Annie. Follow her on Instagram at @operazzi33 and stay tuned for her next Harp Column Instagram takeover.

A mindfulness approach to performance anxiety

—by Grace Browning

After the rush of Christmas concerts, countless Nutcrackers, and Sleigh Ride slapsticks ringing in my ears, I knew I needed a break—not just the usual Christmas movie marathon, but a real retreat all by myself. All too often, I find myself preaching the importance of self-care, reflection, and health, while in reality, I often neglect my own practice.

But with the start of a new decade comes the hope of resolutions, new goals, and a clean slate. Something told me that some fresh mountain air might give me the fresh perspective I needed, so I packed my bags and spent three days at the Shoshoni Yoga Retreat outside Boulder, Colorado. After 72 hours to disconnect from distractions and reconnect with myself, I targeted five goals in my commitment to wellness—maybe some of these will resonate with you and your harp journey.

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