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.
Maureen, The Mandala lady
Be sure to download Section 11 of the 2012 Mandala of the Year.