Some Thoughts on Discipline

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Discipline is regarded as a bad word. Most think of it as heavy, burdensome and reject it, thinking I’m just not a disciplined type of person.

Discipline means ordered activity and ordered activity brings structure and rhythm to our day. Look at nature – we depend on the ordered activity of nature – the sun setting, the moon rising, the tides ebbing and flowing, the seasons and so forth.

Discipline is a power we all have, yes, some more than others, but it is something we all need to develop and improve on.

Discipline is increased by choosing a goal to work to and sticking to it, never giving up. If you fall down, you love and forgive yourself, pick yourself up and start over.  You never give yourself a hard time – this leaves you feeling unlovable, unworthy, no good and does not encourage you to keep seeking to improve.

You might decide to be vigilant about your habit of judging others or speaking when it would be better to not speak, or you might want to reduce or cut out coffee, sugar, cigarettes or such. This builds discipline and a strong will.

Discipline is also developed by making a decision you will get up earlier so you can have quiet time to journal and meditate and prepare for the day ahead.

Discipline is developed by deciding how much screen time you will allow yourself and sticking to this.

Discipline is developed by getting to bed and to sleep by a certain time each night so that you are ready to rise at your planned time in the morning.

You develop discipline by deciding you will take a walk every day, by aiming to drink at least 1.5 litres of water every day, starting with 2 glasses at least half an hour before breakfast, and such routines.

Discipline makes much more possible for you to fit into your day.  It has you in charge of yourself and more focused. There are so many benefits to discipline. Remember it is ordered activity – not a heavy burden but, a quality that enhances your experience of life.

 

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Order in Life

 

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Order, structure, rhythm, discipline  – these are key qualities we need to build now in developing our consciousness. Without these we just drift along, often experiencing overwhelm and wasting a lot of time.

When we work to develop these qualities we use time efficiently, we become much more organised and so we have more time available to us. We change our relationship to time. We stop fighting with it and fixating on the story that we don’t have enough time.

People frequently experience overwhelm because of a lack of order and structure in life. When you are feeling stressed by too much happening, too many demands and that sense of too little time – take some quiet time to reflect and sit with your journal. Ask your Higher Self and Spirit to help you to discover solutions.

I don’t have time to take that time you might say. Don’t give into this. Make the time. Go to a quiet place and take your journal. Observe what’s going on for you. Think about why you are upset and reacting. When you use your mind in this way and write about this in your journal, you see clearly. You’re no longer being run by your emotions. When you stand back and observe your emotions, you are using your mind and this allows clarity, space and understanding.

Ask your Higher Self and Spirit for help and do your part too, by using your journal, observing your emotions and thinking about what is upsetting you. Then you can begin to think solutions because you are no longer lost in the fog and confusion of emotion. You are using your mind and working with your inner guidance.

When you decide that you are going to put more order into your life, you begin to see where and how it will make a difference to your experience. You need to be patient with yourself and to be ready to make adjustments according to what you discover as you work at putting order into your life. You also need to be persistent and choose to be excited by this project rather than heavy – don’t allow any space to that critical inner parent voice. Focus on victories and on what you want to improve and how you will go about improving.

Living Your Day

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What I do with my life, with my time here, really matters. Life is a precious opportunity and the only thing we take with us when we leave is our Spiritual growth.

Some people experience having too much to do in a day – the day isn’t long enough. Others would say that they have nothing to get up for. We can change these experiences and live a full, ordered and meaningful life.

Just as the Universe is based on order and rhythm – which we rely on – so we need to have order in the way we live our life. Structure, Order, Rhythm, Discipline – these are essential to life. Without these we just drift along, often experiencing overwhelm and wasting a lot of time.

When we work to develop these qualities we use time efficiently, we become much more organised and so we have more time available to us.

Discipline is a word many don’t like and many would say they are not the discipline type. But discipline is something you build, you develop, and it’s essential to progressing and growing. We need it and we all have the ability to develop it.

Discipline is ordered activity – it’s you choosing to set up order and routines in your life so that you have a sense of the overall structure of your day. People can see routine as boring but routine means you fit in so much more and experience a lot more efficiency. You don’t waste time over and over as a result of forgetting, or losing stuff or your energy being scattered. Living your day – structure, order, rhythm

 

 

Every day we need time to be still and to connect with our Soul, with Spirit in meditation. Every day we need time to journal so that we understand more and can use our minds to manage our emotions [rather than be run by them] and to resolve issues. Every day we need time to focus on lofty, uplifting, inspiring thoughts and ideas. These need to be the foundation of our day, our sustenance giving us the focus we need to live our day and keep growing in love.

These need to be part of our daily structure and will make all the difference. It can seem at first like an impossibility to fit all of this in but if you realise its importance and are prepared to schedule these in [giving yourself time to work out a routine and yet also being firm], you will do it.

“He is able who thinks he is able.” Buddha