About Practice

A practice is any nontrivial activity that you engage in in a long term patient, diligent way primarily for its own sake. If you for example, grow roses, that could be your practice-if you love the roses, love the feel of the soil; if you love the beauty that you’re creating, and even if no one sees the roses, you still love it. But if you’re growing roses just to impress your neighbors or to win medals, then that’s not a practice.
For me , a practice is something that you do primarily for its own sake.  Now, there’s a wonderful paradox there, for if you do it primarily for its own sake, you are more likely to win prizes and more likely to impress your neighbors. But we want people to love the activity, to be in it, to be in the present moment, to be centered, to be moment-centered.

Not way out there – just here.

—George Leonard – Aikido instructor.

Posted by | Paul Reynolds
Paul has been a yoga teacher on the Island of Kauai for many years and is the facilitator of the weekly Living the Question Blog - a repository of wisdom and inspiration. Paul also produces and hosts Le Guru is You Radio Show, showcasing everyday gurus.

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