Soulful Sundays: Habits

"Practice doesn't make perfect; practice makes permanent." -Anonymous

Somewhere deep in my brain a voice exists that demands perfection. I can never please it because something I do will always disappoint it. Something will always be not quite satisfactory for its lofty expectations. This voice is not unique to me and is what we colloquially call the "monkey mind," an obsessive-compulsive, nit-picking, shallow little shadow of ourselves. It has no real personality of its own because it is constantly focused on tearing ours down. How do we live with the monkey mind and perhaps even use it to our advantage? This is where the power of habit comes in.