About Life Takes Practice™

About

Life Takes Practice™ is designed to highlight specific practices that support the growth and development of your physical, mental, emotional and spiritual body. Many of us arrive in our adult lives unprepared for the challenges and nuances of the real world. At the same time we forget the youthful playfulness we once possessed that kept us creative and curious about life. We forget that many of the things we do each day once required practice. There was a time when we needed to learn to talk, walk, ride a bike, share, or be kind to others. Capacities we most likely take for granted these days.

 

Life Takes Practice™ reminds the adult versions of ourselves to Be Playful, Be Creative, Be Curious, Be Intentional and Be Awakened. Through a well-integrated set of practices you can continue to grow and move toward the things that matter most to you. You can awaken to your fullest potential and live the life you were meant to live.

 

“Take responsibility for how you live, the food you ingest, your emotional balance, your spiritual development, the integrity of your relationships. Give yourself, as best you can, what your parents would have loved to grant you but probably could not: full-hearted attention, full-minded awareness, and compassion. Make gifting yourself with these qualities your daily practice.” ~ Gabor Maté

Stacy Scheel Hirsch

Train to Delhi

12-hour train ride to Delhi. My Practices: Letting Go, Acceptance, Gratitude

I grew up physically active with lots of access to the outdoors and plenty of sunshine. We biked in our neighborhoods, played hide-and-seek in the cedar trees, and swam in the spring-fed rivers of the Texas Hill Country. In high school I ran cross country and track and played on the basketball team. My youth provided a variety of opportunities  to create a strong connection with my physical body and I thrived when my body was in motion.

 

When it was time for college I recognized the need to shift my focus toward developing my mental body more fully. I had never been an academically strong student so on one level I was terrified of failing but on another level I was excited by the opportunity to expand my mind in new ways. Exercise, and specifically the thrill of a great pickup game of basketball, became a way for me to balance my physical needs with the focus required to increase my mental capacity. I didn’t need to let go of my physical body practices to develop my mental body. Practicing both types of activities was supportive to more of my being.

 

As I made my way through college, graduate school and then into the professional world, life presented some new challenges. Challenges that I could not overcome by only focusing on my mental and physical body. My emotional body stood front and center and screamed to be acknowledged. This appeared in the form of failed relationships, anxiety, depression, and eventually three years of chronic fatigue.

 

I spent those years trying to understand how someone as physically healthy, knowledgeable and disciplined as myself could end up so sick and miserable. It was from the depth of my despair that I recognized the weight carried by unintegrated emotional experiences. As I identified these events in my life and created spaciousness for them to emerge and integrate I began to heal, eventually achieving a far greater level of health and well-being than I had ever felt before in my life.

 

For nearly twenty years I have organized my life around practices for the physical, mental, emotional and spiritual aspects of my being. I have experienced the tremendous movement available when we practice intentionally and consistently. I couldn’t always see the path as clearly as I do today but beyond a doubt the life practices I selected created the movement I needed to step more fully into myself and into the world. I’m excited to share the practice journey with you. Thanks for stopping by LTP.

~ Stacy

“If we want to create movement in our lives we need to get acquainted with failure. Failure is merely a stepping stone on the path of practice. When we practice, fail and try again, we collect data on our lives. We move closer to experiencing our wholeness.” ~ Stacy Hirsch