“We cannot reach the goal by mere words alone. Without practice, nothing can be achieved.”
Sri Swami Satchidananda
The beauty of practice is that it is a safe space for failure. We recognize that falling short of our goal is just part of growing and learning. We don’t beat ourselves up for failure, we simply look to start over and try again.
In practice you begin with the goal in mind and then you keep focusing on the next effort, your next attempt, with your mind focused on learning and growing through each individual effort.
How liberating would it be if we could embrace a practice mindset in all aspects of our lives? Setting clear goals and then putting in the hard work, failing along the way, and focusing on reviewing each effort with the attitude of “next time I will do it a little bit better.” It is through failure and repetition that we learn.
When we live life as a practice, we focus on the next effort, not the past failures…