The Practice is one of the three foundational components of The Center for Courageous Living.
It is designed to build muscles of courage, compassion, sincerity, awareness, joy and resilience…the qualities of sincere and authentic leadership that are urgently needed in the workplace, in our communities and congregations, in our families, in our schools, in the world…and even just in us.
So, here’s the thing: we know that there are dozens of reasons NOT to do The Practice, including:
- It’s too simple.
- You can do this on your own, anytime.
- It’s a lot of the same thing over and over and over again: writing, listening, reading, meditation.
- Two hours? Seriously?
We get it. The Practice just isn’t sexy. Or all that exciting, honestly.
Honestly, practicing anything is rarely that exciting.
- Basketball players rarely say that practicing their free throws or lay ups is the best part of their day. Those things are so…so…basic. So simple. Playing the game is so much more fun.
- Pianists don’t squeal with delight when it’s time to practice their scales, either. What’s the fun of that? They’d rather play the song, make the music. Scales? Not so much.
- I can’t think of one writer who gets excited about sitting down in front of a blank screen and doing their shitty writing practices (to quote Anne Lamott). They want to get to the good stuff: the short story, the poem, the novel that is ready to burst out of them. Practices? Boring.
And yet, every basketball player, pianist, and writer I’ve ever met all say that it’s these practices that make them better at their craft. Getting back to basics, paying attention to details, noticing–these things matter. Commitment matters.
That’s all to say that good athletes and artists are fully aware that practice isn’t optional.
And that’s why The Practice is important.
Without practice, all of the great trainings, teachings, events, and experiences offered through The Center for Courageous Living (teachings for leadership, spiritual, emotional and human development) run the risk of being merely informational, making us a whole lot “smarter” but not necessarily wiser.
We are going for wiser, not smarter. The only reason that The Center for Courageous Living exists is to bring more humanness into the world: strengthening confidence and compassion, curiosity and creativity, no matter what is going on around you, no matter who you are with, no matter where you are.
These things require wisdom, not just “smarts.”
And to grow in wisdom takes whole lot of practice, practice, practice. And then: more practice.
So: come and practice with us in The Practice. Move all of the great information you already know about being authentic and courageous and curious and all of those things from your head to your heart.
Here’s how The Practice works:
Participants in The Practice come together twice each month with other committed practitioners, under the guidance and direction of skilled, experienced teachers.
Every session is virtual–it’s all online, which makes this work accessible for anyone, anywhere.
- December 2017 through May 2018.
- 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. Eastern Standard Time.
- Online. Accessible. For everybody.
- Led by skilled, experienced, committed teachers.
- $300 (plus tax) for the series.
To answer some questions we’ve received:
–Yes. Practicing with other folks online is not only possible but is powerful. If you’d like some testimonials from former participants, we can connect you with those folks. They’d be happy to tell you how much this kind of work has made a difference in their lives. Seriously.
–Practices include (but are not limited to) inquiry, generous listening, writing observation, meditation, and reflecting reading. The time goes by quickly. Trust us on this: two hours twice a month will fly by
–Through The Practice, you can expect to find yourself less reactive to stressors, better able to listen, and confident in your abilities to support those around you. The qualities of the human spirit will come more online–qualities of strength, sincerity, courage, vulnerability, joy and trust…just to name a few. In other words: the return on investment for engaging in this work includes increased confidence, joy, trust, and purpose. That’s not a bad ROI. And that’s why we practice.
–There will be some teaching and instruction offered in The Practice; however, the purpose of our work together is really just to practice, practice, practice in order to move information from our heads to our hearts, growing more capable and confident in our capacity to enliven the human spirit in the world…beginning with ourselves.
–For more information, contact Angie Arendt: firstname.lastname@example.org
Sessions begin December 3, 2017. Registration closes November 30, 2017.