Ever read a book that promises the moon and the stars, and you’re feeling all excited the whole time you read it? Yes, yes, this is what I want! This writer is nailing it! I can’t wait – this must have been written just for me. Then . . . the end of the book comes, and along with it, the let down. You’ve read the last sentence, you’re exactly the same. You have not, by some miracle, achieved what they were promising, and worse than that, they haven’t told you how to get it. Here is the answer:
P R A C T I C E
At this point, I consider my practices to be necessary non-negotiables in my life, but this certainly didn’t happen over night. The fact is – I came to my practices by way of desperation – . I started each practice because of and despite feeling uncomfortable, trusting that if I showed up and stuck it out, the discomfort would slowly fade away to be replaced by wellness or growth. This has been my experience, and it’s not easy, but it is absolutely worth it.
“Spiritual practice is not just sitting and meditating. Practice is looking, thinking, touching, drinking, eating and talking. Every act, every breath, and every step can be practice and can help us to become more ourselves.” -Thich Nhat Hanh
Some of the practices that will be presented here are beautiful, ancient practices that people have been doing forever. Some of them are mostly just common sense things that help me in my everyday life to be more conscious of the choices I’m making that affect how I feel emotionally and physically. When committed to, these practices have the power to be life changing.
Other lovely practices to come. . .
- lectio devina
- walking daily
- . . . and more
Look through these practice, pick one that appeals to you and stick with it for a week. That’s long enough to begin to feel its benefits. I strongly believe in the value of practice-based living and invite you to check out this powerful two-part personal writing experience as a way of experiencing guided contemplative writing and creating and embracing a transformational practice in your own life.