Practice makes perfect. That’s our ideal, right? To really get those Yoga poses, dance moves or movement patterns JUST RIGHT. After all, then we will be happy or accomplished or perhaps worthy of our art.
But what about awareness? You know, that subtle and ever so succulent place of being fully engaged with our feeling, our sensing, our knowing beyond what we think.
What would your your life be like if you lived from awareness more than from practice?
Don’t get me wrong. Practice is good. It helps us to understand, develop skills and concentration. But too much practice locks us into habit. We repeat what we practice. Often over again and again and again. A certain inquisitiveness disappears. We become proficient; experts even. But what do we lose?
Any long term practice can put us at risk for losing our open ended curiosity. And curiosity is juicy. It makes you available to surprise. In my own life I experience how awareness gives me options. It lets my “pallet of the possible” widen and that in turn makes my creativity POP. Awareness brings a vitality and joy to my actions.
A simple way of becoming more aware? Just take a walk and ask yourself if you can notice the background of your surroundings. Instead of noticing the prettiest tree or the most brightly colored home, see if you can risk looking into what is boring, taken for granted or otherwise unseen. I’d love to hear what happens!
What do you think about the relationship between practice and awareness in your own life and work?