Music is what is on my mind this day more so than football. Howard Gardner has identified eight intelligences (so far) that we humans demonstrate. http://howardgardner.com/multiple-intelligences/
Musical/rhythmic intelligence is one of the eight. The others are: verbal/linguistic, mathematical/logical, bodily/kinesthetic, spatial/visual, interpersonal, intrapersonal, and naturalist.
I have spent lots of time and energy reading and writing and of course talking so verbal/linguistic is pretty good.
Logical is one of my highest aspects on Lumina and I have been working at "figuring" a lot more on my own so mathematical/logical is okay.
I do Pilates twice a week which is my homage to bodily/kinesthetic. I also run up and down the three separate flights of stairs in my house when I think to.
Spatial/visual is not as strong although I work at home decorating, choosing clothing for colour and texture and buying art that I like to look at.
My interpersonal gets a good workout with my friends, my writing group and my family connections.
I spend a fair amount of time on intrapersonal reading spiritual books and trying to practice being a better person. This one takes a lot of practice!!
Naturalist isn't for sure one of the intelligences apparently so I am not going to worry about that one for now.
Back to Musical/Rhythmic which I know is a weak area for me. I love to dance and think I have a pretty good sense of rhythm. My biggest concern is how little I 'hear' music. I have friends who can name every song they hear and who has performed it, friends who have always gone to concerts and still do, keeping up with old bands and finding new ones, who can do song requests of any band. I feel at a loss when the conversation turns to music. My brain goes somewhere else when music is playing and I am supposed to be listening. I don't hear it until a particular melody or tune (not even sure if these are correct terms) catches me. Or a memory of dancing to it comes to me. Otherwise I am somewhere else in my mind in the middle of a thousand people clapping and singing.
So I need a plan and this is where I intend to start:
I am going to put myself on a steady diet of music until I can really listen and maybe even retain the sounds and lyrics of some artists. A friend told me she listens to a CD over and over again until she knows it. I am going to start there and see if I can change my musical intelligence, which by the way is quite closely linked to mathematical intelligence, so I may improve in both by creating some new pathways.
It isn't going to be easy. I think it is going to be like meditation when your mind "wanders away like a puppy". I will work to gently bring it back to listening.
I am starting this practice today with a CD by Adele. I will listen to this one until I believe I am "getting it" or getting so sick of it that I need a change. Not sure exactly how this will go. Will keep you posted. Suggestions welcome!