When you practice, your body has to be relaxed but the mind - on fire. This is the old martial arts saying which I've heard from Karate master Jon Beltram from Kansas City long time ago.
I think these words work nicely in organ practice as well.
The mind is like a piece of steel - immovable and unshaken to whatever comes up during our practice or performance. The body - on the contrary - is so smooth, so subtle that every movement of our fingers and feet are quick, economic, barely noticeable.
And like any activity, organ practice can be a meditation. But only if you completely focus your mind on the current measure you're playing, breath deeply and slowly.
Inhale the positive, exhale the negative.
PS Meditation is yet another word for prayer, of course.
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Don't have an organ at home?
Download paper manuals and pedals, print them out, cut the white spaces, tape the sheets together and you'll be ready to practice anywhere where is a desk and floor. Make sure you have a higher chair.