Norman Fischer

‘Musicians, athletes, and orators practice to get ready for their performances. But doctors, lawyers, psychotherapists, architects, artists, craftspeople, and other professionals practice in a different sense. They are not preparing for something more signifcant that is going to happen later. Practice for them is ongoing daily effort to develop their field. They respect and honor their field, and they know they can’t ever completely master it. As long as they practice they will extend themselves, improve their skills, work toward mastery.
For spiritual practitioners, life is the field of practice. Spiritual practitioners try to master the art of living. They pay attention to how they live, which means how they think, speak, and act. They pay attention to states of mind and body, relationships to self and others, perceptions, feelings.’ (The World Could Be Otherwise)

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