While scrolling through Facebook the other night, I came across this video of a young boy asking “what do you practice” through my feed. I figured he was reciting someone else and found out that it was from Prem Rawat also known as Maharaji.
I’m not advocating any type of mystical meditating guru teachings, but when I heard the young boy on the video, Rawat’s words really spoke to me.
Here is what I found and transcribed on another site.
“What do you practice? Whatever you practice, you’ll get good at. This isn’t the question of good or bad.
“If you practice cheat and deceit, you’re going to get good at cheat and deceit.
“If you practice complaining, you’ll get very good at complaining. You will be able to complain about everything … without batting an eye or having a second thought. When your friends are looking at the big harvest moon, everyone in awe of the beautiful evening, you’ll be able to say: “Yes, but it’s so dark!”
“So what do you practice in your life? If you practice peace, you’ll get very good at it.
“If you practice joy or happiness, you’ll get very good at it.
“If you practice knowing yourself, you’ll get very good at it. You will know who you are. When you begin to know yourself, you begin to realize what a gift you are, and the value of every breath that you are being given.” -Prem Rawat- Maharaji
The way I see it, I think I’m going to start practicing a few more positive traits mixed in with some positive actions and thoughts. This could very well be the best Valentine’s Day gift you could give to anyone, especially to yourself.
And while the phrase “practice makes perfect” isn’t realistic, practice certainly improves mastery.
What do you practice?
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