Want to grow as a music therapist? Both your professional and personal life will benefit from reading “The Diamond Cutter: The Buddha on Managing Your Business and Your Life”. (Affiliate link)

Sometimes lessons teach us new skills or give new information. Some lessons reinforce skills we already have. Some lessons are items to add to our schedule.

While authors Gesha Michael Roach and Lama Christine McNally share ways to apply Buddha philosophies, it is more an alignment of values and ethics with how you live your life.

As music therapists, we know the importance of keeping our minds and bodies in good health (principle 2). We also look for the potential in our clients. In this story/book “diamonds represent…a hidden potential in all things.”

A helpful section in the latest edition are the :Success Stories”. Reading how people from many walks of life have applied the principles was inspiring. For example, Susan Stumpf was inspired to offer her acupuncture services for donation and not a set fee. Her business made more money that year than in previous years.This challenges me to consider when or if this an appropriate model for music therapy businesses.

Practices to apply

The authors recommend the following practices all of which may aid you on a personal and professional level. Personally, these are some of the key lessons from the book.

  • Meditating on one aspect for day – what went well, what was challenge, how it might show again that day
  • Focusing on positives
  • 6 times check-in for monitoring
  • Time out each week
  • Retreat each year
  • Death monitor – Picturing how it will close. How it will be remembered. Applying this to how we monitor our employees

Share which of these practices you have tried or have considered trying in the comments below. What lessons did you learn?