Coaches have often advised my women’s chorus to try to leave any residual emotional difficulties from our day to day lives at the rehearsal hall door. The Snow Globe exercise is one of the most effective ways that I know to do this.
Of course, there’s nothing quite like an evening of great big sweeping sound to blow any anxieties away. But here’s a terrific way to get a head start on the process.
Think about the situation in your life that is troubling you.
Give it a number between one and ten: 0 being non-existent and 10 being unbearable suffering. Whatever number pops into your head when you ask yourself about it is the one that you use.
See if you can notice where in your body this grey yucky mass of discomfort is sitting.
Now imagine that you are holding a Snow Globe – one of those little scenes that you shake up to make the snow fall – in your cupped hands, in front of you.
With your eyes open, imagine that you are looking into this globe.
Now imagine that all the dense, grey stuff in your body – related to the uncomfortable situation – is flowing from your body into the water in the Snow Globe.
When that water is as full of the grey yuckiness as you can get it, raise your hands up and back over your head as if dropping the Snow Globe behind you.
On a scale of 0 to 10, where is the upset now?
Once upon a time after I had showed my teenaged son this trick he said, “Mom, you’re a witch – get out of my room”.