So in yoga class this morning...
...and yes, I'm about to quote my yoga teacher again.
Seriously, the woman is a genius. There's always at least one quotable nugget of wisdom she gives us in each class. Today she said, "Yoga is a practice unlike any other. There is no end result."
That really stuck with me. (Obviously, because I'm blogging about it!) And I thought, "I can apply that to writing."
Remember my resolution for 2012? Fall back in love with writing. And I think one of the keys to that is to be less fixated on the end result (publication) and focus back on the practice of writing. It's the process where I find the joy. It's the process that I fell in love with to begin with, way back in third grade when I wrote my first story. (It was about a unicorn. Yep.)
I think it's really easy to lose focus on the practice of writing when we're busy chasing a book contract. We become convinced that it's only through publication that we'll be happy. But if we don't love the process, the end result won't bring us happiness.
|Photo: Everett Harper|
It was only after I was able to give up the idea of being perfect in yoga that my practice truly deepened.
And it was only after I realized that my life would never be perfect, that I would never be "finished," that my life really got good.