The most valuable aid I have found in teaching is to remember my own experiences as a student.
To solve math problems, you need to know the basic mathematics before you can start applying it.
If I were to try and find a unifying emotion that kept me calm and focused while I was dancing or writing or solving a math problem, I think the one unifying thing about all those that keeps my interest is creativity.
I do sing a bit, a solo called 'Rubies,' and the female vocals on 'In Paradisum,' 'The Sound of Silence,' and 'Sapphire Clouds'.
I've always had a close connection to both rock and classical music.