How to Create and Sustain Your Practice

Here is a short guide on how to best practice. Stick to these points, and it will work out better than you can imagine.

  1. Discern
  2. Do what you love
  3. Be consistent
  4. One thing
  5. Imitate, integrate, innovate

  1. Discernment

You find the time for what's really important to you. If it's not really important, you find an excuse. Then you better be honest and say, "It's not important to me. Or at least not as important as breaking with old habits.“ What we do here with this movement practice is to let go of patterns that aren't helpful any more. Your old habits may be such patterns. You need to decide, otherwise the patterns kick in in no time. In order to decide, you need do have choices. You have choices when you discern. What is important? What isn't?

So you may have to find out what's important to you first. Discernment is a very basic quality of a good life.

  1. Do what you love

If you love what you do, you’ll keep on doing it. Only where there is no love and passion, there must be discipline. When there is passion, you do not need the discipline to get you practicing.

We cultivate natural growth. Love is an evolutionary force. Everything grows with love.

Do what you love. Move the way you love to move. Love the way you move. Move the way you love.

  1. Be consistent: do not make a plan, but set a strong intention and let it guide you

Build something for life here. This is not a quick-fire shot.

I do not believe in planning where everything is exactly prescribed. Especially if we’re building something for life. I particularly don't believe in plans that are designed for everybody. Because each of us is unique. Again, do what you love. If you love what you do, you’ll keep on doing it.

Set an intention. This is more than an idea. It is a commitment to nourish a part of you that would otherwise wither away.

Maybe you have to make some changes in your daily schedule or in your life. Ok. Make them.

  1. One thing: limit the quantity of what you do and go for quality

The temptation is great to want to do many things at the same time, if we move in a field of diversity such as this platform offers. But you cannot learn too much at the same time. Your body must be able to gather experiences and classify them. Too many different or even contradictory experiences can create a learning field that is too complex and prevents integration.

One step after the other. Move on when the previous one is integrated.

Step by step you can get back a wide range of movement. So tip number four is not a step towards specialization. Otherwise it would say: Do ONLY one thing ALL THE TIME. That’s not what it says.

If you want to practice Taiji AND the handstand, for example, do it on different days or at different times of the day.

If diversity itself is important to you, practice RIVERS, where everything is integrated in an orderly and intelligent way.

  1. Imitate, integrate, innovate

The first thing you do when you learn is to imitate. Then you integrate it. It transforms (or in-forms) from the external and alien to your inner being. Then you can begin to interlink, to diversify, whereby the third phase of innovation is somewhat type-dependent and therefore not mandatory.

Innovation does not necessarily mean to invent something new, but to let something new emerge by relating different aspects to each other in a new way. The RIVERS bases, for example, are designed in such a way that you can bring one base into a symbiotic interchange with another, which can create something completely new.

If you let that happen or not: What is imperative is that you don't skip a step. You cannot skip the integration and create something of your own out of imitation. That will give you a wishy-washy movement that won't take you into the depths. Because the depth is found in the integration.