The Psychology of Meditation

The Psychology of Meditation by Elena Greco February 19, 2017 I’ve intended to write an article about meditation for quite some time. I planned to discuss the true nature of meditation, what it is and isn’t, and the best ways of experiencing it—in short, a meditation primer. I have some knowledge and experience that I believe would be useful, and…

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Art As (My) Life

Art As (My) Life by Elena Greco September 24, 2016 I will surely break open. That’s what I’m feeling today.  Falling into the abyss, emotions too big to contain.  Defeated, despondent, dejected, depressed.  Angst in the form of great sadness, anguish, despair.  For once in my life, regret is a factor in this emotional soup.  Regret for time wasted, opportunities…

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Religion: Who Needs It?

Religion:  Who Needs It? by Elena Greco August 30, 2016 I’m going to have to say something once again that I know will not be very popular.  It’s about this religion thing. It’s not about being intolerant; I’m not. For me, it’s not about which religion is being practiced, either; they all have the same issues.  It’s about the wreaking of…

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Communication: The Key to Getting Ahead in the Vocal Music World

Communication: The Key to Getting Ahead in the Vocal Music World by Elena Greco March 22, 2016 Vocal technique, performance skills, summer programs, young artist programs, networking—all are important in furthering a vocal career.  But there is another important piece that is too often neglected—one that can make or break a career—and that is communication. Communication is the currency with…

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On Singing: My Philosophy of Teaching Voice

On Singing: My Philosophy of Teaching Voice by Elena Greco February 5, 2016 Being a singer poses demands that no other professional has to face. With an instrument that is both organic and sentient, there are unique challenges. Also, like acting, singing is a profession fraught with rejection. And in modern times, it is very much a business, and the…

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Intention—Our Portal to Creation

Intention—Our Portal to Creation by Elena Greco The beginning of the year is the time when people are talking about their New Year’s Resolutions. The word “resolution” has the root “resolve,” so we might think that resolutions would be strong predictors of the future. Unfortunately, we would be wrong. What most people mean by “New Year’s Resolution” is more wishful…

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Gratitude: Why Bother?

Gratitude: Why Bother? by Elena Greco We hear a lot about gratitude. It seems like something we should be having, or aspiring to have. But what is it and how do we get some? And why bother, really? When I started counting my blessings, my whole life turned around. ~ Willie Nelson At times our own light goes out and…

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The Psychology of Performance

The Psychology of Performance by Elena Greco Published in PSYCHOLOGY TODAY: https://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/rethinking-mental-health/201511/the-psychology-performance Also published in CLASSICAL SINGER as “Overcoming Performance Anxiety” https://www.csmusic.net/content/articles/overcoming-performance-anxiety November 9, 2015 Like many performers, I started off my singing career with severe stage fright.  I never let it stop me – the inner drive to perform and make music was too strong – but it did…

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Sticks and Stones

Sticks and Stones by Elena Greco Credit: Blaze Press April 9, 2015 We need to communicate with others. It seems obvious, doesn’t it? In order to come to agreement about pressing issues, in order to create positive change in our world, we have to have a dialogue—with friends, with enemies, with other political parties, with other countries. I have to…

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MEDITATION FOR CREATIVES™-2015 October

MEDITATION FOR CREATIVES™ Next meeting: Tuesday, October 6, 7:00-9:00 p.m. Upper West Side, New York City Cost: $20* * Bring a friend and you both attend half price! Sign up at egreco@elenagreco.com MEDITATION FOR CREATIVES™ (offered this month through THE MUSIC SALON™) is a workshop exploring the Art of Meditation geared specifically for Creative Artists. You will come away from…

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