In the beginning - it's all about the daily discipline. About showing up- regularly and routinely and without fail. About doing the work without second-questioning or doubting. And - about a steady even continuance- practiced without interruption over the period of a very long time.
It is only then...when these conditions are fulfilled - Patanjali clearly states in the Sutras - that practice or abhyasa (as it is in Sanskrit) becomes a firmly established part and piece of who we are.
In the beginning - no thing is attained without effort. In time - no thing more is attained with that same effort with which we began.
Lately - I've been doing a lot of thinking about abhyasa - and where I am in this daily practice in seeing and feeling and recording this present moment thru my camera's lens. It's become a part of me. It's become what I do - no matter what or where or whether. I look. I see. I capture. And - I write.
I roll out my mat. I move. I connect - body and mind and breath. I pick up my camera. I create. Every day. I don't think. I don't question. I simply do what I do...because I can no longer not. It's - no longer a question of who I'm becoming. It has now become - who I am.
I've done so much work - steady and even and consistent over many years. I find myself firmly rooted in this good earth. With my practice as the ground from which I might grow - I'm prepared to spread my wings...open my branches and experience new.
It's time to take all of my daily life-teachings and experiences and build upon and transform them into something new. Something more. Something that is greater than the individual parts and pieces.
I'm surrendering and trusting in this process. I will continue to show up here steadily...regularly and routinely. But not everyday.
I'll be turning my efforts inwards and towards projects that are near and dear to my heart. I'm crafting new stories. I'm making new books. I'm creating new life out of just 'this'.