Nagoonberry

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Anything You Do Consistently Will Change Your Life

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Midway through my time as a Presbyterian minister, I found myself drawn to the practice of mandala-making.  On the first day of a week-long silent retreat, I left the retreat center, made a 15-minute trek to the alternate universe that is Wal-Mart, and purchased mandala-making supplies (paper, a student geometry kit, pencils, and Crayola markers).

For the next several years, I made mandalas on a regular basis.  I made mandalas as a way of processing new ideas.  I made mandalas when I wanted to figure out how I felt about something.  And I made mandalas for no reason at all–just for fun, for the joy of color and shape on the page.

The practice of blogging is beginning to feel like mandala-making.  It has the same feeling of committing to a discipline that changes me–not because it is earth-shattering in and of itself, but because I do it consistently, over and over again.

That’s the nature of habits, and practices. Maybe the difference between a habit and a practice is consciousness.  We fall into habits, and choose practices.

I’m grateful for the time I spent making mandalas.  I may return to the practice–perhaps in a different form, such as painting or quilting.

But for now, blogging is my chosen practice, and I am grateful for it, too.

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6 thoughts on “Anything You Do Consistently Will Change Your Life

  1. I had never heard of mandala-making before your blog! It’s so amazing to me how much you can learn and connect when people blog. Keep it up!

  2. Hmm — blogging before Facebook is a good idea.

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