Good Practice

The following is taken from 'Neurodharma' by Rick Hanson:'

'Try to approach each day as an opportunity for practice. It's a chance to learn about yourself, manage your reactions, heal and grow. When you first wake up, you could establish the intention to practice that day. Then, as you go to sleep, you could appreciate how you practiced that day.

Bring to mind someone you respect. perhaps it's someone you know personally, or whose words you've heard or read. Pick something that you find admirable about this person. Then see if you can get some sense of this quality already present in yourself. It might feel subtle, but it's real and you can develop it. For a day or longer, focus on bringing this quality into your experience and actions, and see how this feels. And then try this practice using other people you respect and other qualities you'd like to develop.

Every so often, slow down to recognise that life in general, and your body and brain in particular, are making this moment's experience of hearing and seeing, thinking and feeling.

When you want, just be with your experience for a minute or more, without trying to change them in any way. This is the fundamental practice: accepting sensations and feelings and thoughts as they are, adding as little as possible to them, and letting them flow as they will. Overall, a growing sense of simply letting be can fill your day' (p21 -22)

Of course we can add other personal 'practices' -  physical exercise, spiritual practices, creative activities, music, service to others, to our daily lives.