This past April, I completed one of my first pieces of academic writing. I had been consciously struggling with anxiety and depression for about a year at that point and I used my essay writing process to figure out a lot of what was causing it. The product is my essay entitled Failing To Be Perfect: The Role of Mindfulness and Meditation in Music Performance.
The essay begins with some of my personal experiences with perfectionism and music performance anxiety, and how I used mindfulness to aid in my management of them. I explore the academic and medical literature regarding anxiety management in music performance and make a few reccomendations. Included at the end is an extensive bibliography of all the wonderful nuggets of wisdom I found along the way.
I hope you enjoy reading it as much as I enjoyed writing it.
Click the link above for a copy of the essay.