This morning, I don't feel like writing.
My nose is runny, my throat is dry and my inbox is overflowing.
But I know that if I don't write now, I won't.
Oh sure, I'll write emails, a newsletter, maybe even a blog post. But I'll miss the practice.
The daily putting-words-together that makes my day better, makes my words flow, makes my to-do list easier to navigate.
I love the word “practice”. Yes, it's a verb, but after years of answering the question “How many hours did you practice your viola?” I don't much care TO practice.
But the noun! To have A practice. A daily doing.
I don't have a ritual or even a plan. I have a practice.
I have a writing practice.
I have a yoga practice.
I have (quite a few) business practices.
A practice lets me suspend judgment.
It's not the final draft.
It doesn't have to be perfect or even non-sucky.
It can be horrible and wrong and achey and still be just fine, because it's only my practice.
But I'm starting to learn, that it can be private, it can be mine, even if I get some help with it.
This week my writing practice is much improved, much easier thanks to Amna's brilliant writing workshop.
My yoga practice began with Havi's Non-Sucky Yoga Kit. Until I got that DVD, I'd never done a lick of yoga. I've still never been to a proper class.
And yet, I have a nice, growing, streeeetching practice.
What are you practicing?
Who's helping you with it?