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