As we embark on 2012 I want to begin with the idea of developing a creative practice.
The word practice for me immediately brings to mind memories of soccer and swim team practice. My growing up years were filled with sports practices, most specifically swimming. As a competitive swimmer, daily practice was a huge part of my life.
Anything we want to develop in ourselves, whether a physical skill, a mental shift, or a creative passion begins with saying yes. After that yes comes practice. Practice is what gets you where you want to go. Practice is the art of repeatedly engaging in an activity to develop a skill.
It takes effort and commitment and energy and self-discipline. Practice is often, especially in the beginning, doing something we don’t really know how in order to learn. It’s how we improve and how we come to find and develop our own gifts. [read]