About Joy Sikorski

Hi. I’m Joy Sikorski. My job?

AWAKENING WONDER


Why is that important, you might ask?

WONDER CAN AWAKEN WELLNESS

This may sound unusual, so think of it first in broad strokes.

Wellness generally means a healthy body and mind, but I expand it to mean:

“A balanced mind, body, spirit way of living that arises from healthy thinking, breathing, working, socializing, exercising, eating and rest.”

Wonder (the noun) usually means feeling awe, amazement or astonishment.

I like to think of it as having an awareness of something bigger than ourselves that leaves us feeling humbled and grateful to simply be alive and have a purpose in this world.

And scientists are studying the mystery of wonder, or awe, to determine how it impacts our health. It’s part of ongoing mind/body medicine research around the world; here is a quote from Dacher Keltner from a lab at the University of California, Berkeley:

  • “Awe also may be important for good health. The focus in our lab is on one branch of the immune system known as the cytokine system. Cytokines are chemical messengers that are often produced by cells in damaged tissue. Many cytokines elicit an inflammatory response, which is important for killing pathogens and healing wounds. Psychology is discovering that a hyperactive cytokine response renders the individual chronically sick and vulnerable to disease … Jennifer Stellar from our lab recently documented that of all the positive emotions humans experience, only awe predicted reduced levels of cytokines.”

Experiencing wonder opens new ways to navigate Life’s often muddy waters of meaning.” — Joy Sikorski

Who of us has never questioned the purpose of our journey in life? Who has not longed for that certain something that makes us feel happier, healthier and more free to express our most important thoughts, dreams, hopes to others?

Also, who has not experienced frustration with a job, a relationship, a habit or pattern that does not fully utilize the best of who we are and what we have to give?

The day I realized I am a wonder awakener was the day I was finally able to answer those questions for myself.

So how, exactly, do I awaken wonder?

Allow me break it down into 4 parts:

  • Music in the Moment
  • Writing
  • Vocal Liberation
  • Wellness Mentoring

Before I write more about those 4 things, however, I’d like to quote the wife and husband team of Rosamund and Benjamin Zander, who wrote the book, The Art of Possibility: Transforming Professional and Personal Life.

Historically, artists have been employed by leading institutions to bring emotional truth to established principles.” — Rosamund and Benjamin Zander

I am an artist in the broadest sense of the word, or as my Dictionary.com app defines it: “a person who produces works in any of the arts that are primarily subject to aesthetic criteria.”

Now, I don’t want to take your time delving into the intricacies of aesthetic criteria, but I do want to explain the 4 things I mentioned above.

Music In The Moment

This is what I call a “multi-dimensional composer phenomenon that creates contemporary classical music seemingly from thin air.” It has emerged in trickles and waves since my birth and continues to wash over me to this day.

At age 11, I was what is known as a child piano prodigy, and later studied voice, composition and other instruments, performing on television and radio, writing film scores and commercial music, etc.

So what is this musical gift, this universal language that has filled me with its essence since first I can remember?

In a bite-sized piece, here is what Music in the Moment means.

“Forming simultaneously from both inside and outside me, music and words emerge as though from nowhere. If not recorded then and there, they are forever lost because I do not remember them afterward.”

When people ask me how I do this, I answer, “I honestly do not know, but I experience it as a spontaneous harmony between inner awareness of molecular movement in and around me, coupled with what people in the room do, perhaps without realizing it, which is something I call the “silent sounding out” of their thoughts and feelings.”

A Wonder Taker risks nothing, but gains everything by gathering new perspectives about the world and his/her purpose in it.”
— Joy Sikorski

This may seem quite odd, I know, but as the music flows through me, without thought or preparation, I simply let it surge and spill into tangible form.

Learn more about my Music In The Moment here.

People often cannot believe that I compose my music entirely in the moment, because—so they say—it sounds previously formed and mastered.

They tell me that it is like being inside the mind of a composer while the creative process is taking place; that it transcends politics, war and tragedy; that it makes them feel inner and outer peace.

For my part, I believe a 2nd grader once summed it up best: “It feels like a wondrous place.”

Writing

To make and awaken wonder I also write books, poetry, lyrics, philosophical musings, etc.

It is through the pages of books that we see ourselves, others and the world of other great minds wrestling with the world problems.”
— Moses Prowd, Mexico Ministry of Education

Interestingly, when I found that quote from Mexico, I had no clue I would one day live in Mexico, which is now where I happily reside. That fact alone has awakened wonder and wellness in me.

And you know the old saying about leading only by first going there yourself, so, the more I awaken it in myself, the more I can help awaken it in YOU!

Learn more about my book projects

Voice Liberation

People are often very shy or unsure about their voices. I could tell you stories upon stories about the work I do to help liberate them from what makes them sing off pitch or nervously or not at all.

Something wondrous happens when people allow courage to grab them and fear to leave them in order to liberate their voices. I love watching how they light up when they know they can sing or speak better, communicate more effectively, and feel better about themselves because of it.

In fact, at the University of London, Professor Graham Welch, Chair of Music Education at the Institute of Education, had this to say after 30 years of study about the developmental and medical benefits of singing:

  • “Singing has physical benefits because it is an aerobic activity that increases oxygenation in the blood stream and exercises major muscle groups in the upper body, even when sitting. Singing has psychological benefits because of its normally positive effect in reducing stress levels through the action of the endocrine system which is linked to our sense of emotional well-being. Psychological benefits are also evident when people sing together as well as alone because of the increased sense of community, belonging and shared endeavour.”

It is the supreme art of the teacher to awaken joy in creative expression and knowledge.” — Albert Einstein

Learn more about Voice Liberation Wellness.

joy sikorski singing lesson site

Wellness Mentoring

Let me say this straight out: I am a cancer thriver, not survivor, but thriver. There’s an important difference between those two words, especially in the world of cancer and how standard of care treatments are marketed.

I have much to say about that, but please allow me to simply tell the truth.

I was given a disastrous diagnosis of breast cancer of the fastest growing and most dangerous kind. The doctors wanted me to do 8 months of chemo treatments, followed by radiation treatments, then 5 years of Tamoxifen (a known carcinogen listed on the United States’ National Institutes of Health site), and 3 years of a new drug the oncologist (a pretty famous one for breast cancer) was working on at the time.

I said no to all of that, and chose a different way, a way that worked for me, and has worked for many others. I chose to learn more about the natural healing abilities of the body/mind as explained by health professionals, including MDs, PhD researchers, former oncologists, nurses and others.

From what I discovered, I realized I could adapt a wellness approach rather than a disease approach to becoming healthy again. And it worked. I am still alive and doing better than ever after nearly 5 years, which is the famous number given to chemo patients.

“Quit Never. Thrive Ever.” — Joy Sikorski

So, I talk to others. I share what I learned. I do not give medical advice nor tell them what they should do. I simply tell them my true story, and encourage them to do their homework so that they can be more informed when making important health choices. I do not pretend to be a doctor or health professional. I do not claim that what worked for me will work for someone else.

But I do give people resources about where to find out what they might want to know, like that link above to the info about Tamoxifen being a known carcinogen, despite the fact (according to cancer.org and other cancer organizations) that it has been used since 1998 to treat millions of men and women diagnosed with hormone-receptor-positive breast cancer.

It’s ok to scratch your head on that one. It was a big eye-opener for me, I can tell you.

So I awaken wonder through wellness mentoring to help people consider lifestyle changes that can help them set goals to become more healthy.

To experience wonder, you must stop trying to quantify it and let it raise your spirits.”
— Joy Sikorski

Other Interests

I’m also an amateur herbalist, amateur painter, mom of 3 successful adult children and known as friend and Momma Joy to many others.

Plus I hike, do yoga, love people and Nature and make a mean chickweed salad smothered with fresh papaya seed dressing. I’m more alchemic than academic*, even though I have an M.A. after my name.

Awe of the immeasurable expands our capacity to measure the value of ourselves and others. — Joy Sikorski

I love science when it is mixed with common sense and love learning about the body/mind connection researched, spoken and written about in professional medical circles.

Most of all, I love to awaken wonder and hear from YOU!

Happily Yours,
Joy Sikorski
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*Thanks to Michael Silversher for the alchemic/academic summation of me

Comments

  1. Hi Joy – sorry to bother you – I’m a musician in Sydney and stumbled upon your YouTube video about your old Yamaha TX816 synthesizer – it sounds like you might be considering selling it – if so would you please message me back – I am interested. I had one many years ago. Best regards – David

    • Hi David,

      I’m sorry I didn’t see your question here. I’ve had some trouble with the websites and it’s taken me quite awhile to get things running more smoothly.

      And yes, I do have the TX816 still. But I am not sure about the cost of shipping to Australia.

      We can check into it though.

      And… it’s no bother.

      Thanks for contacting me and let me know if you are still interested in it.
      Joy

  2. Carol Goodpaster says:

    I am wondering if you are “the Joyce Sikorski” who stayed at our house in Lafayette, IN while recording the album Remember the Prisoners at the Gaither Studio. Our friends Ray and Gail Moore introduced us.

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