Why do you need a practice?
Because practice is how you get information from OUT THERE
to IN HERE. Meaning in YOU.
Think about something you know. Like, know so well it feels like a no-brainer. (Interesting phrase, hm?)
Tying your shoes? Climbing stairs? Boiling water?
Maybe even things that for other people would be challenging.
Parallel parking? Playing a G chord on guitar? Roasting brussels sprouts?
Maybe we say “no brainer” because you embody this knowledge. You no longer feel like the part of you that is your vigilant, willful, direction-following mind has to participate, because your deeper knowing has learned this thing. (Probably via lots of repetition.)
KNOWING is different than consuming.
Here’s what I mean: I have consumed plenty of beer in my life. I don’t know how to make it.
(I have a familiarity with the basic process and ingredients. Like, there’s water and hops and malt, and some cooking and then some fermentation… but if you set me loose with no instructions, I would not turn out a good beer. I don’t KNOW this.)
I’ve consumed plenty of TV shows, too. I don’t know how to make one.
(I understand that there are scripts and a director, actors and camera crew, sound and editing… but this is THEORETICAL UNDERSTANDING. Not embodied knowledge.)
You may have consumed lots of things: books, blogs, classes. But you don’t know how to make one, until you DO.
You DO by doing.
Which means practice.
Which means trying, and probably failing a whole bunch of times.
Could you tie your shoes right away? Were you born climbing stairs? Have you always known how to parallel park? (Maybe you still don’t. That’s okay too, as long as you’re not in front of me in traffic. Just kidding. I’m very patient in traffic, usually.)
You learn to do by doing.
Which means, by the way, that you’re not really learning by reading this: but you COULD learn by deciding to DO the tiniest possible piece of the thing you want to learn to do.
Want to write a book? Maybe set a timer for 5 minutes and write down a list of 10 books you could write. Most of them might feel like bad ideas. In fact, to take the pressure off, write a list of 10 BAD books you could write. Like, the most annoying, obvious, redundant things? (Then notice that actually maybe one or half of those ideas aren’t so bad.)
Want to do a handstand? Google “wrist prep” and do 5 minutes of it every day for a week. Then add another piece of the puzzle. (If you’re not sure what that next piece should be, feel free to get in touch.)
Want to make music? Put your instrument someplace you’ll trip over it, and sit down and play for 5 minutes, every day.
I keep needing to learn this lesson again and again, so I’ll say it again:
KNOWING is different than consuming knowledge.
Practice is how you digest, how you integrate, how information that was OUT THERE becomes part of YOU.