Got Discipline?

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At the end of his yoga classes, one of my teachers, James, reads the quote above from the Desiderata. So much wisdom from the yogis in my life! I am loving it.

Hey, you! Do you have a wholesome discipline? Are you gentle with yourself and others? What happens to you when your motivation falters?

In these scenarios, what would you do?:

  • #1: You’re tired of making healthy meals. There are cookies in the cabinet.
  • #2: Your heart isn’t into exercising today. You could sleep in.
  • #3: You are exhausted and want to snap at your mother on the phone.

What would you do? Really? Let’s be honest: We’ve all eaten the cookies, slept in, and snapped at the people we love the most.

OMG!!! Control yourself! Create some structure!

HA HA HA. I heard that. You little rebel you. As soon as I told you what to do, you went, “NO! DON’T TELL ME WHAT TO DO! SCREW YOU!!!”

That’s ok. The thing is, I want us to feel better. I want to feel better. We are all human and we falter… that’s ok. I would like to falter less often. How about you?

Are you ready to get disciplined?

Probably not, right? HA HA HA. Smart, independent, successful people like you hear “discipline” and lose their minds. You start thinking about control and authority and suffocation and weakness.

DON’T TELL ME WHAT TO DO, GEORGI.

Ok! I won’t. Because I’m not talking about discipline from me or any other external source.

I’m talkin’ ‘bout YOU.

It’s craft day! Create your own discipline. Your wholesome discipline. Your discipline of being gentle with yourself and others. Your discipline of daily self-acceptance and self-care. Your discipline of making choices to behave and speak in the ways that will lead to a fabulous life of your imagining.

I don’t care what your discipline looks like. Be creative. Here’s mine:

  • I meditate each day. Some days this is hard, yet it is my discipline.
  • I offer myself compassion each day. Some days this is hard, yet it is my discipline.
  • I let myself experience negative emotions and I try to be curious about them and learn from them. Some days this is hard, yet it is my discipline.
  • I exercise to gain strength. Some days this is hard, yet it is my discipline.
  • I walk my dog around the neighborhood, look people in the eyes, and say hello to them. Some days this is hard, yet it is my discipline.
  • I write good things about my life in a journal. Some days this is hard, yet it is my discipline.
  • I relax and unplug from technology and unwind every day. Some days this is hard, especially the “unwinding” part!, yet it is my discipline.

self-discipline-affirmationsThe motivation to do the things above is not always there. The motivation to do the things above does not come from a school or a guru or an institution or a friend. The motivation to do the things above waxes and wanes dramatically in my life.

And yet, I want to keep those commitments to myself to create a good life. In difficult times, I know discipline always makes me feel better. Another one of my yoga teachers, John, posted the quote on the right on his social media. Yogi wisdom again. Even the best yogis are never always motivated. We are all gorgeously human after all.

Gorgeous, stubborn, strong willed reader: Don’t let other people or institutions or gurus tell you what to do with your life. It’s your life. But if you feel a lot of negative emotion or are acting out of control, maybe it’s time you developed some discipline.

Your discipline. Your wholesome discipline. You can do it.

Beyond that, be gentle with yourself. The universe is unfolding. Isn’t it beautiful? Aren’t you so beautiful?

Loving you out there. XO

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