"Armando's kind and gentle welcome was immediately calming and telling as I embraced his invitation to meditate and weave his poetic music into my breath. The music carried me to places unknown as the cradled words effortlessly brought healing, insight, and form."
"Rarely have I participated in such a deep and meaningful event as Music of Mindfulness with Armando Alcaraz. I received insights about my own relationships and brought light into my life which gave me a new shining perspective. I have since shared the wisdom from the workshop with my clients."
Linda Bloombecker, LMFT, PHD
"...it was a sweet, loving and peaceful afternoon of music & heart-love floating in & out of my being. I felt so comforted by the weaving of Armando's voice and beautiful guitar melodies & harmonies. Armando has a beautiful gift to share with ALL. "
Michelle Newman, Sound Healer
Mindfulness in pali, the language of the Buddha, means awareness. Though emphasized in Buddhism, mindfulness is a necessary ingredient in all spiritual paths and any psychological transformation. Awareness transforms anything it shines on.
I have found that even as I adopted different practices for self connection and communication, I find mindfulness to be the core, what all these other practices come back to.
Music as a Mirror
Music has been used as a tool for transformation across the ages. Cultures have used drums and rhythms to induce states of trance, wind instruments and the human voice has been used to elevate, to worship, to heal, and to create magic.
Through songs and guitar playing I help the listeners find their center and change their state of mind, so that they have a different perspective from which they can observe their own life.
One thing is to re-connect in a controlled environment, where everything is comfortable. In the same way, it is easy to be ourselves when things are "going our way". The challenge is to integrate our center which we might know from moments when we experience ourselves fully, into our every day life and work situations. How can we bring our full presence to the work we do in the world? How can we be ourselves and connect to others in the face of adversity?