“We learn by practice. Whether it means to learn to dance by practicing dancing or to live by practicing living, the principles are the same…One becomes, in some area, an athelete of God [Martha Graham]

Practice does not make perfect…perfect practice makes perfect. Practice make permanent.

“Unrestrained thoughts become unrestrained words which turn into unrestrained behavior” Rodney Boyd

ENEMY. [origin unknown]

Your words, your dreams, and your thoughts have power to create conditions in your life. What you speak about, you can bring about.

If you keep saying you can’t stand your job, you might lose your job.

If you keep saying you can’t stand your body, your body can become sick.

If you keep saying you can’t stand your car, your car could be stolen or
just stop operating.

If you keep saying you’re broke, guess what? You’ll always be broke.

If you keep saying you can’t trust a man or trust a woman, you will always
find someone in your life to hurt and betray you.

If you keep saying you can’t find a job, you will remain unemployed.

If you keep saying you can’t find someone to love you or believe in you,
your very thought will attract more experiences to confirm your beliefs.

If you keep talking about a divorce or break up in a relationship,
then you might end up with it.

Turn your thoughts and conversations around to be more positive and power packed with faith, hope, love and action.

Don’t be afraid to believe that you can have what you want and deserve.

Watch your Thoughts, they become words.
Watch your words, they become actions
Watch your actions, they become habits.
Watch your Habits, they become character.
Watch your Character, for it becomes your Destiny

The minute you settle for less than you deserve, you get even less than you
settle for.

Thought I would share this with you. “In the search for me, I discovered
truth. In the search for truth, I discovered love. In the search for love,
I discovered God. And in God, I have found everything.”

On thinking things over–pt.2

There are instances in life when pre-thinking or reflection before an event is just not possible nor would it be logical. The first that springs to mind is an emergency or potentially dangerous type of situation—an accident, a catastrophe, the dam is bursting, etc. where quick thinking and/or quick action is a must. If, say, you are driving down the freeway and someone swerves into your lane or a child runs into the path of your car, it would be lunacy at best to ponder what course of action to take or to think, “Now what did the driving manual say to do when this happens?” The time to reflect would be after the incident.

In contrast to his assertion, there are times when you should, as a necessity, think about something before you go into it because some things are too important to treat as a contest. Decisions likeĀ  buying a car, choosing a college, choosing a mate, going into debt, etc. should be planned for and not treated frivolously. In the instance of the wrestler, I believe he does draw upon prior knowledge and practice before he goes into a meet. Where “meditating after” ends and “thinking before” begins in the life of this wrestler I do not know.

For most situations, I agree that reflecting should come after an action as a means to learning and growing as an individual. Not doing so can set you up for a life of continual despair and failure at even the most rudimentary of tasks. Some things are learned by rote with little or no thinking at all. I call this “learning by accident” (i.e. the hot stove bit.) Only the mentally challenged or masochistic are likely not to benefit or learn from these types of experiences.

Life is far too complex to treat each situation as a contest and to put no thought into the consequences of one’s behavior. Each situation must be taken on a case-by-case basis or you are never likely to learn the lessons that life constantly lays before you.

On Thinking Things Over: A Paradox–An Analysis

Heinrich von Kleist – On Thinking Things Over: A Paradox

On Thinking Things Over: A Paradox by Heinrich von Kleist:
The virtues of reflection are proclaimed to the four corners of the globe, especially the dispassionate and protracted sort that precedes an action. If I were a Spaniard, an Italian or a Frenchman, the matter could rest there. But because I am a German, I will speak to my son as follows, particularly if he decides on a military career.

“Reflection, or thinking something over, finds its proper moment after rather than before an act. If it comes into play prior to it, or in the very moment of decision, it seems only to confuse, to obstruct and to repress the power to act, which flows from the glorious wellspring of our feelings; contrariwise, it is afterwards, when the action is already performed, that the end for which reflection was intended is best attained: namely, to make us aware of what was faulty and weak in the action, so that we may adjust our feeling for similar cases in future. Life itself is a contest with fate, and the same is true for ordinary action as for wrestling. The athlete, at that moment when he is holding his opponent in his grip, simply has no recourse but to act spontaneously, on inspiration; and if he begins to calculate which muscles to contract and which limbs to move in order to throw him, he will always draw the short straw and be thrown himself. But afterwards, when he has either won or found himself flat on the floor, that would be the proper time and place to think it over, and decide which pressure threw his opponent, or with which foot he ought to have tripped him in order to remain standing himself. Whoever does not hold tightly to life like that wrestler, and, at every turn of contest, in the face of whatever oppositions, pressures, retreats and responses, does not feel and act with every fiber of his being, such a man, try as he might, will never make his mark in a conversation, still less on a field of battle.” (From the book An Abyss Deep Enough: Letters of Heinrich von Kleist, with a Selection of Essays and Anecdotes. Edited, Translated and Introduced by Philip B. Miller; pg. 217).

My reflection on the above :

Mr. Von Kleist believes that “reflection, or thinking something over finds its proper moment after rather than before an act.” He holds up as “dispassionate and protracted” the sort that comes before an action. His opinion stems from the premise that life is essentially a contest with fate. Holding this view sets up everything and every situation as a win/lose situation. He believes that mental exercise at the outset of an action can only serve to cloud the issue or lessen the effectiveness of our emotional responses. My contention is that there are situations where you can’t think before you act, and that in most, if not all situations, you should meditate afterwards anyway.

My rationale to come later.