Written by Anthony Meindl
Practice. Practice. Practice. You remember your old high school sports coaches ingraining this mantra into your head. Well, it’s true. Gandhi once said, “An ounce of practice is worth more than tons of preaching”. All of life is practice. Whether it’s an acting class, yoga, or playing sports.
Life. Is. A. Practice.
When you begin to think of life this way – that it’s all process and it’s all learning and there’s nowhere to go or end up – you can begin to relax. Take a breath. Breathe. You realize you’re doing just fine and you’re exactly where you need to be. (If you were meant to be somewhere else you would be.)
We’re so oriented toward the doing, toward the getting somewhere that we put such extreme pressure on ourselves to not only get there immediately – but at whatever cost. We sacrifice our health, our well-being, our joy, our sense of self, our practice — and then punish ourselves for not getting there fast enough, or gracefully enough or for not getting there at all. Consequently, we’re stressed, anxious, agitated, resentful and worried most of the time.
When you begin to stay in the practice – the flow – of life, you begin to really fully embrace what’s happening now. Not now as a means to get you somewhere later. But practicing now.
Anthony Meindl is an award-winning writer, producer, director and actor whose first feature screenplay, THE WONDER GIRLS, was the Grand Prize Winning Feature Screenplay in the Slamdance Film Festival Screenplay Competition in 2007. Prior to this accomplishment, Meindl was responsible for the production of an array of award-winning projects. His background in acting, training, and performance has afforded him the opportunity to create what has become a thriving artist community in Los Angeles.