Every Day is Practice

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“The breeze at dawn has secrets to tell you. Don’t go back to sleep.” 

– Mevlana Rumi

Some days, even Rumi is wrong.

I’ve been sick this week. One of my partners brought home a bug and, careful as we try to be in our communal household of five people, I succumbed.

Mostly I’ve slept. Done some reading. Snatches of work that had to be done – a new class starting, things to schedule with students and clients, conference deadlines. Slept some more. Read some more. Slept some more.

I’m not so good at resting, but this week, the extra sleep and reading have been good. Every morning, I’ve still risen to my prayers. Every morning – yes later than usual – I’ve done a few minutes worth of meditation. Then tea. Then food. Then mostly back to sleep.

My brain isn’t even really clear enough to find a flow in this piece of writing this morning.

So why am I doing it? Why am I making this less than perfect offering (cue the Leonard Cohen)? Because it is my practice. I write a post every week, just as I pray and meditate each morning. After this, I’ll get more rest.

There are many things included in my practice. But this week, mostly, my practice has been listening to my body.

Not telling my body what I think it should be doing. Listening. And that listening has led to the practice of sleep. sleeping cat Alvimann at morguefile

I’ve done daily spiritual work for years. Struggled with it. Embraced it. Felt held by it. Fought it. Returned to it. My life is supported by this practice. It makes it easier when the practice needs to broaden, soften, or change.

My wish for you, is that you offer yourself gentleness when you need it, and firm direction when that is what you need.

No matter what our days look like, practicing is up to us. 

What do you want? What do you really need? What does your practice look like, for today?

4 Responses to “Every Day is Practice”

  1. Amy

    Today is a day in which my lesson is patience, and my gift to my family is to be the nurse, the healer. With two little one’s sick at home, cooking and straightening is high on the agenda. My practice has been evolving into a journey to discover ways in which I can incorporate spiritual path work and magick into whatever I’m doing. I’ll stop long enough at some point to do some reading, and hopefully spend some time pondering the messages found within a daily tarot reading. What I need? I would love to learn how to squeeze more out of my day before I run out of steam. There is so much I want to do and just seem to run out of the get up and go to do it.

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    • Thorn

      Amy, I feel you. There are always more projects that I want to get to than there is time. But that, too, is a practice. What is most important to me? That’s what gets set on the altar of “to do.”

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  2. Leni

    This is timely and hard. I caught a flu at Christmas, that i gave my kid and brought to my dad’s house, where it became pnuemonia for my dad, and landed my brother in the ICU. I had to fly back since then, and may have to go back soon. Sitting with frustration, guilt, worry, and exhaustion. But I noticed that through it all, I had this foundation of source and centeredness. I did not fall apart or act out or sink into depression. I know that this foundation is my daily practice. Even on the morning i didn’t Sit til I was sitting on an airplane, I sat. And on the days I couldn’t do that, I felt the presence of aid and comfort and connection to source. Before I got sick, I was preparing to start a number of new projects, and showing up for some of them has been incredibly hard. But what supports my practice always helps

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