Slogan 51: Practice What’s Important

Practice what’s important is about not wasting the opportunity to practice mind training and meditation by paying attention to this moment right now.

The original lojong slogan is: This time, practice the main points, which are to help others, practice the teachings, and cultivate compassion.

This moment is the only time in which you can live, so it’s important to not waste your precious time and energy on things that don’t really matter, especially if they don’t make you happy or help you to wake up. Right now is the only time you can choose to change the way you live to become happier and more awake.

You can only practice meditation now. Whatever else is going on, now is the time to be disciplined and pay attention. Focus on what’s happening now and drop the internal chatter. Breathe, let go, do whatever you need to do, but do it right now, because that is the only moment that exists.

It doesn’t matter how much you’ve struggled up to this point. Every moment is a fresh opportunity to practice. You can only wake up now. You can only practice now. You can only do you best now.

Apply this slogan to your writing practice by actually doing some writing!

There are so many distractions and enticing possibilities pulling at your attention, that your precious writing time can be frittered away before you even realise what has happened. But if you allow yourself to be pulled away from your writing, you have nobody to blame but yourself.

You know writing matters to you. You know it’s important. So write.

Use this slogan to bring your attention to the present moment and really pay attention to what you’re doing. Perhaps there are changes you can make that will help you to practice what’s important. Don’t assume you’re a lost cause. There’s always another chance to make a different choice.

If you didn’t write yesterday, that’s okay. You can write today.

Each new sentence is a fresh opportunity to say what you need to say, to bring what’s hidden up into the light and give it a voice. Don’t waste time worrying about all the times you got it wrong or wrote a bad sentence or got rejected or gave up trying and sat in front of the TV feeling sorry for yourself.

This time, this moment, you can get it right. You can write.

Exercise: In your slogan journal, explore these questions: What is important about your writing? Why is writing important to you?

More in the book: Free Your Pen: Mind Training for Writers

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