November 2012: Practice

“Practice” November 2012 MotM

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We as a culture tend to overlook the art of practice. We want what we want when we want it. We want to do/be/have something and if it fails to happen on the first try we often throw in the towel and move onto the next thing ultimately feeling frustrated and down on ourselves for a myriad of reasons.

The Art of Practice takes time, focus, and energy. To truly master anything, we must give it our full attention over and over again.

I find that to be most true when it comes to quieting the mind. Over the years I set up the intention to meditate, then when I actually do it, I start out okay and then the mind chatter sets in and I give up, saying to myself “I can’t do this”, feeling like such a loser.

Last month at a psychic fair I did 7 “Inner-Self Mandalas & Readings” and as usually happens, a theme weaved its way through most of the readings: practice.  I found that most of the people I read for had the same resistance towards varying forms of meditation and inner work. “I tried that and it doesn’t work” or “I can’t do it” were common responses.

For each of them I reminded them that it takes practice. That with each practice it will improve and become easier. Instead of trying to do it for 20 or 30 minutes. Just do if for 1 minute a day…then up it to 2 minutes a day.

It’s more about the quality of the time than the quantity of time. With each iteration, strive to improve. This also holds true for anything else you are striving to do or be.

Hang in there, keep at it, you can do it…just allow yourself the time to practice…you are worth it!

Ponder this as you color this month’s mandala of the month.

Happy Coloring!

joyfully,

Maureen, The Mandala lady

www.facebook.com/TheMandalaLady

Be sure to download Section 11 of the 2012 Mandala of the Year.

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4 Comments

  1. Morning, Read this and thought, “Right on and you certainly tapped into something yesterday!”

    Then I started meditating about meditating:
    * We all are different
    * I have been told so many ways to meditate that I could fill a book; just think – “breathe in…breathe out for the whole time, which never worked.”
    * If praying is putting out a question and meditating is listening, then that IS one way to meditate. There is no one right way.
    * Another way to meditate I heard was…

    1. No 2 things can occupy the same space at the same time
    2. Ask for help as to how to meditate the way your soul would like you to meditate
    3. Next, I was told to close my eyes and roll my eyes up and just see white light – more like soft white light.
    4. Then I saw the back of my head with many draining tubes for my mental thoughts to release. I don’t think they went into the earth, rather they were just released
    5. Suddenly, I was floating in nothingness, and then I got answers to things I had been questioning for the last couple of days.
    6. I just allowed all to flow through
    7. Conclusion: Meditating is hearing/seeing things Spirit/Soul wants to convey. It is the purest way to do that. As long as I am putting out the intension and as long as I am able to bring through the love into the heart first, I’ll receive the energetic vibrational flow of pureness, and maybe I will even experience some extended periods of silence in the process.

    * What someone gets or does not get is fine.
    * And, like you said, the most important thing is to practice. Thanks for your words and the mandala.

    Sincerely, Wendy – Wendy Fletcher 541-740-8988 http://www.wendyscottfletcher.com

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