Practice and the Art of Living
I asked my heart one night-
Heart, what do you need?
And it replied, simply:
Practice is something I’ve been thinking about for a while.
The word can be used in a variety of ways. In one example, one can have a practice, like a yogi or a doctor, while in other circumstances practice as something to be done, like I must practice discipline, or practice my guitar.
Of all the myriad ways to use this word, one came to me a while ago while I was doing a breathwork exercise out of Ashley Neese’s book How to breathe. The practice is titled Open Heart.
I entered this practice and asked my heart, as instructed, what it needs. It did indeed reply Practice and I’ve been contemplating the meaning of this word about it ever since, although I do know the answer in my soul.
I think what my heart really meant by Practice was practicing the art of living and incorporating consistency into my life, as well as practicing kindness to myself. Practice, it seems, is a gentle nudge to keep going and to keep doing what I’m doing, one day at a time. Although it’s tedious at times, practice urges us to keep going and to keep forging forward day after day even when it gets rough, even when it’s not glamorous or pretty, and even when we don’t really feel like it.
True practice takes discipline and dedication, but it also takes an appropriate amount of grace and recovery.
Striking the balance between these is still something I’m trying to figure out in my own life. I know it is not an easy thing because I see countless others struggling with this as well.
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Originally published at http://imperfectionfreak.wordpress.com on December 3, 2020.