The Art of Practice: The Not-So-SIMPLE Balancing Act

As I’ve been shifting from a weight-loss diet to maintenance mode, I’ve been thinking more about the difficulty in achieving balance between input (calories, carbs, etc.) and output (exercise, movement, etc.) In many ways, it’s a lot easier to lose weight in the short-term than it is to maintain roughly the same weight over the long-term. In my bass, yoga, and other life practices, I’ve devised a system for balancing different variables. This system has the acronym of SIMPLE, but in my opinion it is anything but…

  • Structure: I’ve learned that practice requires a certain amount of disciplined structure, but also that many people (myself included) require a great deal of flexibility to make it work for them
  • Ideas: It’s so easy to get lulled into passive information consumption, but practice does require a certain amount of learning; the important thing is to apply this learning via creativity
  • Money: While this is especially applicable to professional practices, money is always a concern; learning to balance earnings (or savings) with expenses takes a long time
  • Possessions: I’m a lifelong “anti-pack rat”; however, the older I get, the more I realize the importance of certain possessions as practice tools – you just need to balance acquiring (or maintaining) them with getting rid of distracting possessions
  • Love: You have to love what you do to make a practice stick; however, it’s also important to make sure that passion is a good balance between self-care and being of service to others
  • Energy:  This is the balancing act that kicked off this whole train of thought; with my diet, however, I’ve realized that energy is more than consuming or expending calories; you need good, sustaining food, but you also need rest and other restorative activities


Author: Leah Pogwizd

Bassist and Instructor

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