"Practice hope. As hopefulness becomes a habit, you can achieve a permanently happy spirit."- Norman Vincent Peale
Practice hope......such a simple phrase....but there is truth in those two words. I use to really not like the word practice......well I used it a lot in yoga, "yoga practice", but when it came to other areas of my life the word practice made me freak. I began to understand why a few weeks ago,and why now I love that word practice so much. As much as I have always loved performing, I hated practice.
I would do anything, besides practice.....when it came time to practice for a gig....oh wait a minute, I have so many things to do, or I am tired, or too late, etc.
Now, in my mind, I knew that practice makes you awesome, you gotta do the reps, but it just hung over me like a cloud.....until I substituted the word TRY for practice. Like, try music, for some reason I thought that every time I practiced, I had to do it perfect.....foolish me, I had forgotten the meaning of practice......pursue as a profession, repeat performance, the action of doing something, trying to do something.....that's why it's practice, it is not perfect, not until you get the reps in.
So practice hope.....try hope, pursue hope, repeat hope......it will become an incredible path to happiness. I hear such lack of hope, see lack of hope all around me.....I see it in friends, family
and strangers. Just like music, art or anything else we want to get good at, we have to practice hope......even when it seems hopeless. I teach in yoga class, that you don't have to do yoga for an hour every day or even thirty minutes.....take five minutes to breathe , do a couple of poses and sit still. It will change your life. Take five minutes a day to practice hope, believe in the good, expect the best, choose happiness. It will change your life.
In the morning, take five minutes, practice hope.