Evelyn Glennie is the first symphonic percussionist to have an international solo career, including Grammy awards, a year-round performing schedule, and an appointment from the Queen of England as Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire. Evelyn Glennie has been profoundly deaf since the age of 12, which means that she can't hear anything quieter than a jet engine. She plays barefoot so she can listen through the floor.
In her TED talk a couple of years ago, she talks about listening with the whole body. What she has to say can not only help you take the boredom out of practicing an instrument, but has profound implications for the way one approaches life in general. Listen when you have a chance, and maybe she can help you learn to listen with your whole body.