Practice is an essential part of our lives, and it comes in different shapes and contexts. We practice an
instrument, we practice yoga, we practice communication, we practice listening, we practice
mindfulness, we practice patience. The list is endless.
In this month's article, I would like to share some thoughts about what practicing actually means, how
we can practice in a way that serves us, as well as deeper contemplations about practice as a
concept for art and life.
Being in class (whether in the literal classroom or the school of life), is all about understanding things. Both for the students and the teacher. May it be a technique, music theory, a choreography, or a
question. But when can we really say we have understood something? When we can do it fast?
When we don't have to think about it anymore?
I've been realizing more and more that there is a great difference between rational understanding
and emotional understanding. In the arts as well as in life.
Not in time. Boring. Always the same. Stupid. Not enough sounds. Too many sounds. Not confident enough. Too perky. Not kind enough. Too nice. Not expressive enough. Too vulnerable. Perfectionism has many voices, but none of them are very pleasant to be around. We probably all have to deal with perfectionism, some more regularly than others. If it's creating a new work, improvising, or even dealing with the tasks of entrepreneurship. We can always find something. Perfectionism can come in...