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The Power of Daily Practice

How Creative and Performing Artists (and Everyone Else) Can Finally Meet Their Goals
Paperback Book
Publisher: 
New World Library
 | 
September, 2020
ISBN:
9781608687060
Quantity: 
2
$26.00 CAD
Banyen's Description: 

Eric Maisel dedicates this book “for everyone who grows a daily practice in the service of the greater good.”

Anyone who has ever picked up a creativity or self-help guide has likely been advised to keep to a daily schedule, daily pages, or other everyday ritual. But “just do it” usually just doesn’t work. Longtime creativity coach and therapist Eric Maisel has found an approach that does work: giving clients, and now readers, a clear understanding of what makes them personally blocked or stuck and unable to start or finish. Not enough time, resources, or talent? Fear of success, guilt about being “selfish,” and variations on the theme of “what’s the point?”

Maisel has spent thirty years helping people overcome these kinds of blocks with skills including anxiety management, positive self-talk, cognitive behavioral therapy, and even “sleepthinking.” The Power of Daily Practice distills his best coaching into three parts:

  • The Elements of Practice (Initiation, Regularity, Playfulness, Intensity, Presence, Ceremony, Discipline, Devotion, Seriousness, Honesty, Lightness, etc.
  • The Varieties of Daily Practice (Creativity, Meaning-Making, Health, Relationship-Building, Activism, Performance, Healing, Warrior, Problem-Solving, “Any Activity Practice,” etc.
  • Challenges to Daily Practice (Restlessness, Skill Set Issues, Conflict, Mistakes and Messes, Anxiety and Distractibility, Bodily Sensations, Self-Talk, Boredom and Meaninglessness, Chaos and Noise, etc.

I think the best way to maintain a daily practice is to make it integral to your life as part of a comprehensive philosophy. It isn’t just something that you do—it is part and parcel of how you live.

The tools Maisel offers are a potent alternative to waiting for the spirit to move or the muse to inspire: a sustainable, self-directed path to creative success.

For more info, check out kirism.com.

Among Eric Maisel’s many other books are Fearless Creating and Coaching the Artist Within.

Publisher’s Description: 

Anyone who has ever picked up a creativity or self-help guide has likely been advised to keep to a daily schedule, daily pages, or other everyday ritual. But just do it usually just doesnt work. Longtime creativity coach and therapist Eric Maisel has found an approach thatdoes work: giving clients, and now readers, a clear understanding of what makes them personally blocked or stuck and unable to start or finish. Not enough time, resources, or talent? Fear of success, guilt about being selfish, and variations on the theme of whats the point? Maisel has spent thirty years helping people overcome these kinds of blocks with skills including anxiety management, positive self-talk, cognitive behavioral therapy, and even sleepthinking. The tools Maisel offers are a potent alternative to waiting for the spirit to move or the muse to inspire: a sustainable, self-directed path to success.

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