The Hardest Thing.

It may not always seem that way, but you are on a Hero's Quest. We all are. Today is my birthday (46!!), and I am committing today to romance my life like a hero. A creative hero. (Even if I don't always feel like one.) It's part of the human story, our archetypal...

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What is the outlet for your creativity?

When I was working as a voice coach and mentor, I observed something that almost every single student of mine was struggling with. It had nothing to do with their singing voice. But it troubled me. To distraction.  (Because I had the same bloody problem. 😩 )Despite...

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On making meaningful changes.

Habits have been my nemesis since forever. (Building the good ones, that is.) We are inundated with ways in which to self-improve our lives, our health, our diet, our mind, our productivity, our practice, our relationships, our accounting, our time, etc. Just about...

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The theft of wildness.

Last summer while visiting my family's favorite spot in Maine, my little one Adrian and I were joyfully clambering over some of those ancient glacier-scraped rocks on the shoreline by our cottage. Alas, we were quite shocked when came upon a dead harbor seal pup who...

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A revolutionary creative process.

Imagine my delight when I opened the latest issue of The New Yorker to discover a full-length feature article devoted to my muse, Saint Hildegard von Bingen. Alex Ross wrote a comprehensive piece, and it was wonderful to witness the legacy of the great creatrix seen...

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The process of Wintering.

I've been taking some time over the past few weeks and months for some deep internal processing, allowing a great deal of space for a process of "wintering.” Although I would not have called it that, had it not been for Katherine May’s beautiful book, Wintering: The...

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The music chooses you.

I want to share one of the most defining moments of my life. A sophomore, I was in my college dorm room and had just cued up a new CD that just arrived in the mail. (Remember that?)I heard the first strains of the first track, and immediately felt my whole body and...

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Thoreau, Hildegard, and green wisdom.

The other day I visited Walden Pond with my family.  My little one, Adrian, ran right onto the beach and set to the important kid-business of making something up.We recently moved back to the very wonderful state of Massachusetts, close to the very wonderful town of...

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How to believe in your ideas

I know you may not talk about it, but I know you have A Thing that's been on your mind for a while. That quiet vision, that unspoken desire, that shimmering dream, that kernel of an idea, that sticky feeling that you really, truly, wholly want something. Maybe it's a...

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Are you a Sacred Rebel?

As a young girl, then a teenager (oy), then a young adult, I would never in one million years have considered myself a "rebel." I have excellent manners, listen to instructions, pay my bills on time, do my chores, and do all the Right Things you are meant to do as a...

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Personal genius

One time recently I was watching the Beatles documentary, Get Back. It's a long, arduous haul through a rocky period for the band. But there was one moment caught on camera that created a new awakening for me about the creative process. It's a scene featuring a mumbly...

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The outlet for your voice.

Have you ever thought... If only I knew exactly how I am supposed to use my voice! This is one of the most common questions I hear, borne from a deep, soulful longing mixed with some heady, existential frustration. Let's reframe the question so it seems less fretful:...

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What song should I sing?

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Allison Mondel
Allison Mondel is a musician, teacher, and mystic. Her greatest delight is to understand how things work, and share her wisdom with others. She writes about the higher nature of the voice, transcending personal roadblocks, and realizing your creative vocation.

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