|Artwork by John Joseph Hanright
Brushing your teeth is a habit. Yoga is a practice.
Driving your car is habitualized behavior. Improving your tennis game is not.
Eating with utensils is habit; conscious cooking is exploration.
In a practice, exploration and expression are key. Not so with habits. Once you have the habit down you cease exploring. You are no longer stretching yourself to brush your teeth better. In a practice you are always seeking better. Better skills. Better connection. Better flow. Better execution. Better expression.
When you sit down to eat you are not seeking to draw the best from your utensils. Yet . . . in a practice . . . that is all you ever seek. To draw the best from yourself.
There is a sublime nature to a practice. You take on a practice because it is deeply meaningful to you. Play is as important in your development as is effort. There is an impish, frolicsome side to a practice as much as there is a serious intent. The whole of you is consumed during your time of practice.
When you come to your practice you come ready to spark. You expect to gather the best in you and set it to your purpose.
(You spiritualize your creative work by treating it as a practice.)
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