Saturday, October 25, 2008

Learning to appreciate routine

Our culture unfortunately encourages us to become addicted to entertainment. As a result we often experience repetitive practice as boring. Here's another way of looking at it:

Repetition is the soul of spiritual practice. In any tradition I know of, there are daily practices... and a sense of faithfulness to a daily routine. This takes some gentle self-discipline, encouraged by some support from others within whatever spiritual community you can find to belong to. Doing the same thing over and over again may seem dull but the more you immerse yourself in spirtual practice, diving into it day after day like jumping into the bracing ocean with its sunlit wavetips, the more wonderful it becomes.

--Norman Fischer


  1. Just what I needed to read! Thank you.

  2. Thanks for the reminder!


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