1 (a): carry out, apply; (b): to do or perform often, customarily, or habitually; (c): to be professionally engaged in
2 (a): to perform or work at repeatedly so as to become proficient; (b): to train by repeated exercises
3 obsolete: plot
Practice (v.): c. 1400, “to do, act;” early 15th century, “to follow or employ; to carry on a profession,” especially medicine, from Old French pratiser “to practice,” alteration of practiquer, from Medieval Latin practicare “to do, perform, practice,” from Late Latin practicus “practical,” from Greek praktikos “practical.”
From early 15th century as “to perform repeatedly to acquire skill, to learn by repeated performance;” mid-15th century as “to perform, to work at, exercise.“
“Practice is the hardest part of learning, and training is the essence of transformation.”
Ann Voskamp (b. 1973, author of the New York Times Bestseller, "One Thousand Gifts: A Dare to Live Fully Right Where You Are")
“A man of ordinary talent will always be ordinary, whether he travels or not; but a man of superior talent will go to pieces if he remains forever in the same place.”
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (Johann Chrysostom Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, 1756—1791, Austrian composer, widely recognized as one of the greatest composers in the history of Western music)
“Champions keep playing until they get it right.”
Billie Jean King (b. 1943, American tennis great who broke down barriers in her push for equal prize money for women, and as one of the first well-known openly gay athletes)
“The practice of love offers no place of safety. We risk loss, hurt, pain. We risk being acted upon by forces outside our control.”
bell hooks (b. 1952, acclaimed intellectual, feminist theorist, cultural critic, artist, and writer; authored over three dozen books and has published works that span several genres, including cultural criticism, personal memoirs, poetry collections, and children's books)
“You cannot forgive just once, forgiveness is a daily practice.”
Sonia Rumzi (international bestselling author, novelist, short-story and cookbook writer)
“You don't need to justify your love, you don't need to explain your love, you just need to practice your love. Practice creates the master.”
Don Miguel Ruiz (Toltec master and author, and founder of the Six Sun Foundation)
“Love and magic have a great deal in common. they enrich the soul, delight the heart. And they both take practice.”
Nora Roberts (b. Eleanor Marie Robertson on October 10, 1950, American bestselling author of more than 213 romance novels)
“Religion is not about accepting twenty impossible propositions before breakfast, but about doing things that change you. It is a moral aesthetic, an ethical alchemy. If you behave in a certain way, you will be transformed. The myths and laws of religion are not true because they they conform to some metaphysical, scientific or historical reality but because they are life enhancing. They tell you how human nature functions, but you will not discover their truth unless you apply these myths and doctrines to your own life and put them into practice.”
Karen Armstrong (religious thinker and author of more than 20 books on faith and the major religions, studying what Islam, Judaism and Christianity have in common, and how our faiths shaped world history and drive current events)
“Champions keep playing until they get it right.”
Billie Jean King
We have to keep practicing to master our unique gifts. We also have to keep playing the cards we were dealt until we understand the nature of our life purpose and missions.
It can take time, for most of us, that is unless you have been here many times before. We have to learn to live and work in the desert of obscurity until reach our individual oases of riches.
Like you, for years I had to work to provide for my family. I always wanted to do something creative, even though I had majored in business administration in college. Originally, I wanted to go to art school. Art was where my passion dwelled, but I didn’t have a lot of support at the time. So, I kept moving forward after I received a bachelor’s degree from a liberal arts college. While in college, I met a lot of great people, friends and professors who encouraged, supported, and believed in me. I was able lot find my soul mates, my adopted family, those who accepted, understood and gave me the courage to travel abroad.
As human beings, we have tendencies to focus on our lack rather than our abundance; and we can sometimes get stuck in how we believe events should transpire, and then miss on out a lot. It takes practice to be present and to accept all that is occurring, right now.
That’s why having a spiritual practice of meditation and contemplation is extremely important. It allows us to train our minds, bodies, and hearts to see, feel, and listen more deeply to Life’s subtle multi-dimensional levels.
After graduating from college, I worked for an oncologist who had a private practice at a prestigious NYC hospital. That opportunity allowed me to make enough money to buy an apartment in a neighborhood that was transitioning. The physician I worked for was a kind man, who also came from a beautiful family, who treated me with dignity while I worked for them. I also had a chance to really take are of myself, getting referrals to the best doctors, dentists, and therapists. While working for this doctor and his family I also had access to observe what it meant to have a healthy marriage and family. So, by the time, I had my first child I was ready to transition to a higher level of consciousness and practice deeper maternal love.
It takes time for all of us get your bearings, to make conscious choices about our life. We are all a work-in-progress. These life journeys and experiences are important to practicing love and compassion for ourselves and for others.
Take Life lightly and lovingly, sojourners!
Much Love, Tonya