Practice Makes Perfect!

“I believe that we learn by practice. Whether it means to learn to dance by practicing dancing or to learn to live by practicing living, the principles are the same…Practice means to perform, over and over again in the face of all obstacles, some act of vision, of faith, of desire. Practice is a means of inviting the perfection desired.”   ~ Martha Graham

Have you ever wondered how musicians are able to perform their music with ease?  Perhaps you assume they were born with ‘the gift of music.’  That may very well be true, but I can assure you they didn’t get anywhere on the gift alone.  Most likely it was the ‘daily practice’ of their instrument that allowed them to create effortlessly. 

My husband, Dean Evenson, has played the flute for more that six decades and although he may have had the initial talent, he also loved to practice his flute. His mother never had to remind him to practice, he just enjoyed playing.  The result can be heard in over 80 albums he has produced, many of which feature his beautiful flute music.

Dean’s mother lived almost 100 years and was a very religious and kind woman.  Her daily practice was reading the Bible and prayer.  She did this ‘religiously’ which meant she did it every day with regularity and intention.  Her long life may have been because of her good genes, but it also may have had to do with her daily practice.

What we do every day becomes a habit.  Many of our habits do not serve us well and those habits may become addictions or obsessions.  We create our lives through our habits so we need to develop habits that enhance and not degrade our lives.  What thoughts do you keep repeating in your mind?  Are they supportive life-giving thoughts or are they worries and negative tape loops?  What do you eat everyday?  What do you do every day (or not do – like get enough exercise).  In any event, consider developing a daily practice in all areas of your life and you will be blessed with good health, happiness, and a life worth living.

Here are some simple steps to develop a daily meditation practice –

1 Decide what you are willing to do every day
2 Choose a comfortable place to practice
3 Create an environment that supports your practice
4 Set an intention to doing it regularly
5 Be realistic in what you are able to commit to
6 Eliminate distractions, turn off the phone and computer
7 Let your family or roommates know not to disturb you
8 Start small and let your practice grow
9 Keep a journal and document your progress
10 If you miss a day, get back to it when you can and make a habit of it

Click to hear some of our music that is supportive for yoga and meditation

Have fun and let me know how it goes.  Peace!

3 thoughts on “Practice Makes Perfect!

  1. Thank you so much for the inspiration. I made a mistake on the summit name. It was Awakening Consciousness Summit. I will enjoy your website and look forward to each and every visit to it. Green Blessings.

  2. Jeanne, I am so glad you are inspired to create a daily practice. Remember, step by step, day by day will get you where you want to go. Don’t berate yourself when you miss a day or two. Just get back to it and most of all, enjoy what you are doing. Modify your practice so you have fun with it and it’s something you want to do. Keep in touch! Dudley

  3. I heard you speak via the internet during the Conscious Awakening Summit. I really thought what you said to be profound. It has been really hard for me to have a consistent practice of anything because it is hard for me to see things through once I begin something. Beginning is easy but continuing is not. However, the above video has inspired me to commit to beginning and seeing through some sort of practice so I can benefit from what I learn and then pass it on to my daughter so she will have a consistent practice too. Thank you for your insight and wisdom.

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