Practice Matters. Why it matters is the theme for April at Catspaw.
In yoga we refer to coming to our yoga mat as a practice. When I come to my cushion (Catspaw Cushions of course;) I refer to it as a practice. Just what exactly is the definition of practice?
Practice – noun
1. the actual application or use of an idea, belief, or method as opposed to theories about such application or use 2. repeated exercise in or performance of an activity or skill so as to acquire or maintain proficiency
Practice – verb
1. perform (an activity) or exercise (a skill) repeatedly or regularly in order to improve or maintain one’s proficiency 2. carry out or perform training, rehearsal, repetition, routine, preparation.
Whichever definition you use, practice is about showing up, even if you don’t want to. I am not suggesting mindlessly going through life, but I am suggesting that you participate in your life.
It seems like a simple formula or recipe.
You want to make that delicious chocolate chip cookie, or come to a balanced and open Half-moon – Ardha Chandrasana? You can’t do either one if you don’t consistently do it. We have to be like Fred the donut maker, from the old but well-loved commercial for Dunkin’ Donuts: It’s time to make the Donuts.
Pause to practice.