In ordinary life, what does resistance to doing some
daily practice sound like? See if you recognize
any in the following list, or if you have more to add
to the list:
Resistance In Practice sounds like:
1. I don’t have time right now.
2. I need to get some work done right now.
3. I need to get some work done first–before practicing.
4. I’m tired and should take a nap; I’ll practice later.
5. I’m hungry right now, and I’ll eat instead. I’ll practice later.
6. I just ate some food; I need to let the food settle.
Then I’ll practice.
7. I’m expecting a phone call; If I practice now, the
phone call will disrupt my practice. I’ll practice after the
8. I have some chores/errands I need to do. Let me do them,
then I’ll practice.
9. I need to check my email and respond to some emails first.
10. I can’t practice right now; I have too many things on my mind.
I’m finding that in almost all situations, when one of these
comes up, then that is exactly the RIGHT time to practice.
A lot of the above tend to be “practice delays” . . . tricks by
the mind to say that you can “still practice”, but just do so
later at some unspecified time in the future. Then, after
putting it off into the future, it is easy to become occupied
with something else, and then later on use another in the list
to push practice into the future again–continually delaying
it to some unattainable future.
The solution is to practice immediately when these voices come up.
I’m compiling a list of these, so if you have any to add, please respond
with some of your own.