What is your practice?

We are all practicing something in this life, in every moment.

Our human minds are inclined to see what’s wrong, what’s lacking, what’s imperfect. This tendency gives us practice in contraction, in closing our hearts.

There is also the possibility of choosing to practice opening our hearts and reaching for connection.

It is a disciplined heart that chooses, again and again, the practice of inviting true connection, and the joy that this brings.

This discipline is not confined or oppressed in its flavor. This discipline is more like a dedication; a dedication to holding everyone’s needs as precious, and to treating self and other with dignity.


  • the first practice is breathing…
    so far you are doing well!

    the second practice is kindness…
    (this will probably need some time)
    kindness weaves for you a home,
    a place of being and connection

    whatever strength with which you hold
    intention, knowledge, insight, stillness –
    even the strength of letting go –
    is nothing when you fall into nothing
    which you will
    whether you are aware of it
    or not
    and you will need to begin again
    every time

    with kindness, when you fall,
    you fall into
    every time
    and you are already here

    strive to let go of the striving to let go…
    wait a moment –
    is that a heart beating?
    a cricket singing?

    every time


    (Simon Williams, 7.8.2012)

  • Reblogged this on seedmind and commented:
    Dedication is the birth of dignity; dignity is the maintenance of dedication. And willingness is the joy of the freedom that follows…
    I am reading ‘The Surprising Purpose of Anger’ by Marshall Rosenberg. Non Violent Communication provides wonderful skills for integrating mindfulness into daily interactions and relationship.
    “NVC focuses attention on whether people’s needs are being fulfilled, and if not, what can be done to fulfill these needs. It shows us how to express ourselves in ways that increase the likelihood others will willingly contribute to our well-being. It also shows us how to receive the messages of others in ways that increase the likelihood that we will willingly contribute to their well-being.”

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