Repeated practice is one of the most basic principles of most spiritual and meditation paths. In other wards, whatever you practice most is what you become. Not only In spiritual or meditation but everything in your life. If you are in the habit of being uptight whenever life isn’t going right, repeatedly reacting to criticism by defending yourself, insisting on being right, allowing your thinking to snowball In respond to adversity, or acting like life is an emergency, then unfortunately your life will be a reflection of this type of practice. You will be frustrated because, in a sense you have practiced being frustrated.
However, you can choose to bring forth in yourself qualities of compassion, patience, kindness, humility, and peace again through practice. I guess it’s safe to say that practice makes perfect. Be careful of what you practice.
It not to say that you make your entire life into a great big project where the goal is to be constantly improving yourself. Only that it’s immensely helpful to become conscious of your own habits, both internal and external. Where is your attention? How do you spend your time? Are you practicing habits that are helpful to your stated goals? Is what you say you want in life consistent with what your life really stand for? Simply asking yourself these questions, and answering them honestly, helps to determine which strategies will be most useful for you. Have you ever said to yourself I’d like to spend more time by myself or I’ve always wanted to learn to meditate, yet somehow you’ve never found the time?
Many people sadly spend more time washing their car or watching reruns on television shows they don’t even enjoy than they do than making time for aspects of life that nurture their hearts. When you will remember that what you practice you become, you may begin choosing different types of practice.