Apparently, it takes about 10,000 hours of practice to achieve mastery in any endeavor. In appreciation of this finding, Richard Moss concludes that we are all Masters of Ego. Well before age 10, we earn our ME degrees, working day and night, developing and refining stories about "me" – me in the past, me in the future, me in relationship to others and to life itself.
We tend to repeat the same old stories, hanging onto an internal consistency, keeping our worlds familiar, living the old punch line: "It's my story and I'm sticking to it."
No wonder, then, it takes more than one profound experience of awakening to achieve Mastery of Presence, the art of living fully in the now. While an awakening points us in the direction of presence, it takes 10,000 hours of practicing mindful awareness, to get us there on a regular basis – 10,000 hours of hard work, noticing when we're in story and bringing ourselves back to the present, over and over again. Practice, practice, practice – building what Richard calls "spiritual muscle".
With practice, we find freshness and aliveness in each moment. Presence becomes more natural and habitual. We inhabit our bodies, comfortable in our own skin. We routinely show up, pay attention, tell the truth and let go of outcome. The now becomes home.
At the rate of an hour a day, it takes about 28 years to achieve mastery. I have an ME degree. I'm still working on my MP.