Meditation for Wednesday of Week 08 in the season of Dormancy:   

Habits and Practices

Paul Klee, In the Current Six Thresholds (1929)

The brain processes everything we experience and all we do. People who are skilled in any field usually have acquired habits and practices that facilitate their competence.

For example, musicians rehearse because the repetitive act of playing the music over and over quite literally writes information on the brain. As the musician rehearses, the mind evaluates the quality of the performance. If the musician is dissatisfied, she may stop to rehearse the section again. Commonly, musicians will rehearse a few troublesome bars or even a few notes until they master them. As this occurs, the brain records and stores the information. Once the musician arrives at a satisfactory level of performance, she may repeat the section many times to establish the pattern more firmly in the brain, which literally is creating connections that will facilitate the ease of performance and the likelihood of its success.

We see this in virtually every field of endeavor. When a basketball player mimics the motion of his free throw, perhaps several time, before he takes it, he is reinforcing the patterns of motion he has learned, which are stored in his organic brain. Generally, we trust experienced surgeons more than inexperienced surgeons. Teachers gain an assurance after sufficient time in the classroom. Each of two equally experienced chefs usually will out-cook the other in their respective specialty cuisines. A dairy farmer who fails to milk the cows at an established time will find that he has unhappy and unproductive cows.

Thus, habits and practices are no mere arbitrary devices. They reflect how our brains function to facilitate our development. Good habits and practices constitute an indispensable part of the order that is essential to achieving competence and excellence.

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In music, an etude is a study. Most etudes are composed for students to acquaint them with the rigors of their instrument. However, a few composers have left behind etudes, mostly for solo piano, that far exceed the quality of works for student performance. To be sure, they offer the performer opportunities to master the intricacies and challenges of the chosen instrument but quite beyond that, they offer the listener many rewards as well. Among the finest works in this genre are Chopin’s etudes. Frédéric Chopin wrote two sets of twelve Études, or studies, for solo piano, plus a smaller set of three “Nouvelles Études.” Franz Liszt Claude Debussy Alexander Scriabin

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