Friday, May 20, 2005

Practice as you can

In today's audiopost, I talk about practicing as you can. Instead of getting hung up on various tips and suggestions regarding how you "should" practice, over time you want to develop a spiritual or creative practice that works for you. Instead of worrying about how you practice (or how your practice compares to what other people are doing), you should devote your energy to doing what you can, not what you can't.

In today's post, I refer to Julia Cameron's excellent book The Artists' Way, which you can buy online here.

this is an audio post - click to play

13 Comments:

At 4:09 PM, Blogger Brett said...

I often wondered if I was missing something by not getting into a full lotus position. Thanks for clearing that up! My knees thank you.

Great posts by the way. I am really enjoying your audio versions.

 
At 5:04 PM, Blogger Lorianne said...

Brett, presumably you're missing a lot of *pain* if you don't sit full-lotus! :-) I know folks who sit full-lotus, but they're longtime yoga practitioners who tend to have long, skinny legs. With my short, stubby legs, sitting quarter-lotus (with one foot on my calf) is as flexible as I can get...and on retreat, I have to alternate between sitting quarter-lotus & kneeling.

So rather than fighting your body, work with it. Meditation shouldn't be a tortuous experience.

 
At 6:49 PM, Blogger moira said...

It's good to see sage advice for real life. It took me several years to figure that one out, and I still forget when it is most important that I not.

Lorianne, I'm generally a quiet reader, but I've been enjoying your new site. Thanks for your willingness to share a hard-won wisdom.

 
At 8:57 PM, Blogger Lorianne said...

Moira, thanks for taking the time to comment...and no problem being a "quiet reader." You're probably wiser because of it. :-)

In my mind, it's *all* about "sage advice for real life." If a belief or concept doesn't work in the real world, what use *is* it?

 
At 3:23 PM, Blogger Morris said...

You don't strike me as an intelligent person.

Morris
Ask Morris

 
At 7:21 PM, Blogger Lorianne said...

Really, Morris? That's incredible, 'cause I was thinking the same thing about you!

 
At 9:59 PM, Blogger moira said...

That was just laughable. And a little sad, really.

 
At 12:30 PM, Blogger Lorianne said...

Ah, Moira, pay no attention to the man behind the curtain...or to the blogger who answers him! :-)

 
At 9:27 PM, Blogger Helen said...

Great advice and I loved Julia Cameron's book. It was recommended to me even though I am not an artist in the traditional form. I was reluctant but stuck to it (after all, I was paying for that advice) and thoroughly enjoyed it. Great blog!
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At 3:48 PM, Blogger Lorianne said...

Helen, I *loved* Julia Cameron's book even though I personally disagree with the notion that Morning Pages *always* have to happen in the morning. I have *The Artist's Way* to thank for getting me back on the creative path...and I didn't consider myself to be an "artist," either. It's such a solid, back-to-the-basics book, it works for all sorts of creative pursuits.

 
At 5:58 PM, Blogger Cody said...

Lorianne, you have your very own troll. Now you've truly arrived.

Anyway, "practice as you can, not as you can't" is perfect for me.

In fact I've been listening to all of your audioposts in order to catch up so I can play along at home. And everythihg I hear makes me feel like "I can do this."

Thanks.

 
At 9:34 PM, Blogger Lorianne said...

Cody, thanks for taking the time to comment: I'm back from taking a brief hiatus from this blog. I'm so happy to hear you've benefited from it!

Isn't it sad that attracting a *troll* is a sign of having arrived. Sigh. I guess that says something about the world we live in... :-(

 
At 7:21 PM, Anonymous 7 Meditations said...

Just sitting comfortably will do, as you do not want your awareness on your pain otherwise whats the point right?

 

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