I began Continuous Practice on a whim last New Year’s Eve. I was at a coffee shop, writing in my notebook, when the idea popped into my head. Inspired by Marisa Goudy’s #365 Feminist Selfie project, seeing her face appear day after day in my Facebook stream, I decided to make my writing practice into a #365 project (see Marisa’s guest post about #365 projects here). I loved the idea of showing up for myself every day, and in doing so, inspiring others to do the same.
I sent out a post declaring my intention: I would commit to writing practice every day for twenty minutes, snap a picture of my notebook and/or surroundings, and post to Facebook with the hashtag, #continuouspractice. I invited others to create their own practice and run with me. A handful of folks joined, which was terrific.
Making and keeping that commitment was so transformative, I wanted to encourage more people to join Continuous Practice and so I created the first 100 Day Challenge. I also created a Facebook Forum for everyone to connect and support one another, which has been terrific. So sweet to see people from different parts of my life showing up for one another.
Last Sunday, Day 193, I realized it was time to reach out again, and encourage more people to join for the next 100 days. The response has been overwhelming. Literally, it’s gone so far beyond me, I can’t keep up with everyone who wants to participate. I’m in the process of building a designated Continuous Practice page on my website. In the meantime, I’m creating this post as a place to find specific instructions on how to participate and to send your friends to do the same.
Here’s what you need to do to join Continuous Practice:
1) Select a practice. Writing practice, meditation, yoga. Something you can show up for every day.
2) At the end of your session, snap a picture or make a note of where you are.
3) Post the photograph or description of your practice and locale and to Facebook, Google+ or Instagram.
4) Don’t forget to include the hashtag, #continuouspractice.
5) If you’re on Facebook, ask to join our Forum.
I never anticipated this kind of response. But here is a way we can practice together and hold space across the continents (we have several European participants so far and a few Canadians). Pick up your pen or sit down on your mat, knowing we are all connected through practice.