This idea of a Beautiful Practice Ground is something I’ve developed over working with thousands of people on habits and mindfulness … let’s take a look at what it is, why it’s good news, and how to work with it.
What is the Beautiful Practice Ground?
When Greg’s meditation habit fell off, he responded with self-criticism, guilt, self-doubt, avoidance and distraction. This might seem like bad news — who wants to respond like that?
But actually, it’s good news: we’ve learned something extremely important. This way of reacting is actually Greg’s habitual way of responding to difficulty. He has conditioned himself to respond this way to similar difficult situations, to failures small and large, probably since childhood.
This habitual way of responding to difficulty is actually what’s standing in his way.
Training the mind to respond differently in this exact kind of situation is probably the most important training Greg could do.
Source: The Beautiful Practice Ground