Finally, it hits me. This is all practice. Everything we’re doing is a practice. Writing, finances, relationships, eating healthy, our careers. We practice each one as part of an ongoing process, each with varying degrees of success. When we actually sustain ourselves in a practice, live and breathe it, attaining our goals becomes much easier. Viewing it with detachment also helps. It does you no good to be emotional about money. You’re working yourself up over some petty dispute at the office, home or anywhere (and then yelling at a customer service representative from Verizon for no good reason, other than they are available for you to yell at). What do we practice in our lives?
We practice being ourselves.
We practice at a career.
We practice a lifelong pursuit. For me, it is writing and creating things, sports and being near the water.
We practice understanding and connecting with other people.
We practice listening.
We practice being genuine.
We practice eating for health and for pleasure.
We practice our relationship with money.
We practice understanding our moods, emotions, likes and dislikes and eventually learn to let all of these go so we can we just be.
We practice each and every day, every hour, every moment. Some moments are practiced with great awareness, others slip by unnoticed and your practice becomes sloppy and without intention.
Everything we do is part of our practice. Looking at life this way has helped me feel a lot less serious about myself (I know, you’re like, “Were you ever serious to begin with?”) and deal with the highs and lows that are a part of life. I have a ways to go in my practice. I haven’t stopped comparing myself to others, thinking I am always in the right, or needing to prove myself. But it’s nice to see that in some respects, practice has brought me farther along. I practice being responsible with money and not feeling emotional about it. I practice valuing the relationships that matter and letting go of the ones that don’t. I practice not having to stamp my opinion on everything I come across (that’s a little harder when you blog!). I practice reminding myself that I have something to learn from everyone.
What do you practice?