Daily Practice, Part I

Busy. Time crunch. Overbooked. We are all of these things, but there is something I’d like to suggest. About 8 months ago, I joined a group of people who write or create art every day. We post it, we encourage it, we support our efforts.

I decided to post to a blog every day. On days when I could think of nothing sensible, I wouldn’t post. Writing every day was a chore. But the more I did it, the better I got at generating ideas and putting them in writing.

calendar blocksMeditation works the same way. So does creating art. So does mindful parenting, dancing, creating and performing music. Few are born experts. The change is slow and incremental, and often not noticeable to those of us engaged in it. Much like going to the gym, we see the effort and not the results. And the effort is often why we quit, which stops the benefits at the same time.

But daily practice is worthwhile. It conditions the mind, spirit and body in good ways. It allows us to get better slowly. It allows us to think over small issues, solve little problems, and try out little ideas. When we get good at that, it grows into nuturing those small ideas and projects into big ones. When we run into big problems, we have the expertise on how to handle them.

A daily practice takes time and effort, but it’s worth it in the long run. Tomorrow, I’ll talk about making time for a daily practice.

–Quinn McDonald has several daily practices that she thinks of as “her life.” She leaves room for the unexpected, too. See her work at QuinnCreative.com Image: blog.pentagram.com (c) 2007 Quinn McDonald, all rights reserved.