Conducive To Peace

While we should try to create circumstances in our lives that are conducive to peace, this will likely prove to be impossible.  We cannot control everyone and everything.  Life and the people around us will never fully cooperate with our plans.  Beyond that, we, ourselves, may not actually know what conditions will bring peace to…

Celebrating Art

When we first start practicing our art, it will be ugly.  It will be messy.  Things will not work the way we want them to.  What we imagine will not be what happens.  Our desires and our intentions will not clearly manifest through our efforts.  We will fumble and get frustrated.  We will get discouraged. …

Practicing Consistency

A big part of having a practice, whether it be creative, martial, spiritual, what have you, is accepting the fact that it will not always be easy.  It will not always be convenient.  We will not always feel like we are making progress. There will be many days where we will feel stuck, frustrated, or…

Wasted Inspiration

It is important to look outside of ourselves for inspiration.  It is equally important to look inside of ourselves for effort.  We need to see others being creative, innovative, and successful so that we know that it is possible.  But, this alone will not move us forward.  We have to do something with the inspiration…