Practices

Just as you can't run a marathon without training, you can't transform the mind, body, and soul without daily practice.

For the living philosopher, practice is central.  I like to think of practices as philosophical calisthenics. They fine-tune the way we think, the way we react, and the way we see the world.

Aristotle based his entire ethics around this idea. He realized that the good life doesn’t come from some sort of spontaneous awakening. It comes from practice: from the slow and conscious process of spotting bad habits and shifting toward better ones.

So here are a few of my favorite art of living practices — things I do each day to shift problems into possibilities.