Martha Graham, on Practice.

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An Athlete of God.

I believe that we learn by practice.

Whether it means to learn to dance by practicing dancing or to learn to live by practicing living, the principles are the same.

In each, it is the performance of a dedicated precise set of acts, physical or intellectual, from which comes shape of achievement, a sense of one’s being, a satisfaction of spirit.

One becomes, in some area, an athlete of God.

Practice means to perform, over and over again in the face of all obstacles, some act of vision, of faith, of desire.

Practice is a means of inviting the perfection desired.

Martha Graham

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anonymous Feb 9, 2011 11:11am

[…] All of this came at a heavy physiological price (never mind the mental/emotional one). On this day when the phone rang, I calmly and confidently chose to let the call go to voicemail. It felt healthy. It felt empowering and it felt liberating. I wasn’t ignoring him; I was simply putting some space and time in between the incoming call and the answer. I chose this. Where once I had felt trapped, I was suddenly free and my liberation was in the acknowledgment that I had a choice. How did I arrive at this day? Practice. […]

anonymous Feb 2, 2011 8:48am

'My dancers never fall to simply fall. They fall to rise.' ~ Martha Graham

anonymous Jan 31, 2011 8:20pm

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anonymous Jan 31, 2011 8:12pm

You can listen to all of "An Athlete of God" here. This is my perpetual inspiration as a dancer. http://thisibelieve.org/essay/16583/