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Tal Varon is a saxophonist and Focusing Trainer based in Isreal. In this conversation, we talk at length about Tal's musical background, including a long break from playing that he took after finishing his post-secondary studies and how he found his way back to music with a restored sense of connection and belonging. We talk about musical identity, the negative effects of comparison and ranking, and what it means to make music from the heart. Finally, Tal explains the process Focusing, a mind-body practice that involves tuning in to the felt sense of experience. Tal describes how musicians can use this practice to bolster and enrich positive experiences so that they become resources and sources of nourishment, as well as how bringing a accepting awareness to more negative or problematic patterns can help to shift them. Show notes, including links mentioned in this episode, live over at For more about Karen, visit or connect on Facebook or Instagram @musicmindandmovement.


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