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Do you Practise what you Preach?

Wednesday, 16 September 2009 21:29

This is a question that has been coming up a lot for me lately.  For some reason, I have been reading lots of biographies lately - M Scott Peck, Rudolf Steiner, Vicky Wall, Albert Einstein, Don Castaneda, Edward Cayce - I did not realise it was so many.

I will put these books on my list of recommended books, if you are interested in reading any of them.  They are all very different books but they all gave me something to think about.

I recently did a blog on M Scott Peck's book The Road Less Travelled.  It is a brilliant book and I even surprised myself, when I was writing the blog, to realise how deeply it has affected me.

Then I found a biography of M Scott Peck by Arthur Jones with the clever title The Road He Travelled.  I was really curious to see what kind of man could write such a profound and insightful book.  I was shocked with what I found.  Here was a man who extolled the importance of discipline and love.  However, his life story reveals a man who was so undisciplined in so many ways.

After reading his book I assumed that he would have been a wonderful father and partner but he was such a workaholic and had so many affairs that you wonder where he could have fit in time with his family.  He was not much of a role model - he drank excessively, smoked excessively and even got his children to roll his joints for him, as they were so much better at it than he was.  He ends up divorced from his wife of so many years and estranged from most of his children.  How could this be?

This man had his faults.  But he was also an extremely charismatic man who thought deeply about the big questions and helped so many people on their journey.  What a contradiction.

M Scott Peck had a deep understanding of what is important in life and he conveyed it so beautifully and simply.  That is a huge achievement.  But does it count if you do not practise what you preach?

Upon reflection, I think it does - he has left us with a book and other work that has profoundly affected so many people.  If he could not walk the talk, perhaps it is enough that he stimulates people's thinking and enables them to hopefully walk the talk.

And before we feel too high and mighty, I would argue that most of us do not practise what we preach.  We think that we do.  And we might passionately believe that we do, but the proof is, as always, in your actions.

In my book, Doing It with Love!, I talk about how I had just come to realise that sometimes you can believe something wholeheartedly, but your actions might not actually align with that belief.  If so, it is just theoretical.  For example, we can say that it is the journey, not the destination, that is important.  But do we act as if this is true or are we so busy striving that we forget to enjoy the moment.

I was chatting to my mum just after I had posted by blog called What is an Earth Goddess?  She said that she liked it and I was very pleased.  And then she followed it up with the question 'Are you practising what you preach?'  My answer was 'yes, as much as I can'.  I was not totally satisfied with my answer.

It is important to take the time to reflect on this important question.

A while ago I was watching a video of Elizabeth Gilbert talking about her book eat pray love (have I mentioned lately that I think she is wonderful).  Someone asked her whether she still meditated every day.  Her answer was that she would love to be able to say yes, but she doesn't.  However, she said she meditates more days than she doesn't and she writes more days than she doesn't.

That sounds pretty good to me.  Rather than beating ourselves up and then giving up because it all seems too hard - if we can say that we practise what we preach more often than we do not, that is a spectacular achievement!


 

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