“Submit to a daily practice.
Your loyalty to that
is a ring on the door.
Keep knocking, and the joy inside
will eventually open a window
and look out to see who’s there.”
~ Rumi (1207-1273)
Born Mevlana Jalal’uddin Rumi, this 13th century Persian poet, Islamic jurist, Sufi Master and theologian is known to the English-speaking world simply as Rumi. Rumi is a descriptive name meaning “the Roman” since he lived most parts of his life in Anatolia which had been part of the Roman Empire until the Seljuq conquest two centuries earlier.
I have read and loved Rumi’s writings and inspired thoughts for decades.
WHAT IS YOUR DAILY PRACTICE?
What is it that you want to change, get or be better at?
What do you want to master? There are many things we can master and want to learn, be, do and have. We might want to learn to play a musical instrument, or read faster. Perhaps we want to learn how to use a computer better or run a marathon. Maybe we want to learn sales skills or a sport. They all take practice. Daily practice to learn, get better at and to master.
We always hear that “practice makes perfect.” True. That means daily and ongoing practice, habitual routines, thoughts and patterns of anything, good or bad, makes perfect what it is you are practicing.
So, whatever you do today, and “are” today, that is good or bad (not supportive or beneficial to you or others) is something you’ve literally been “practicing” for years. You ARE a master at it! Even if it’s procrastination, indecision, doubt and fear.
TURN IT AROUND
So, becoming mindful of what it is you want to be, do and have differently means that you need to set your intention, mind and plan toward a positive daily practice.
1. Define what you want
2. Define the thoughts and actions it takes to have it, create it, perfect it in your life.
3. Begin the thoughts and actions now. Practice them every day.
If you don’t start your daily practice now, then when? Time does not wait for us.
RUMI’S COMPLETE POEM
The poetic lines above are from a larger poem. See here.
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