Discipline as a way to freedom

Being an adult is such a wonderful gift that I have been learning to appreciate and embrace the more I grow, particularly because I am no longer subjected to the whims and ideals of other adults in my life who unwittingly were repeating and passing down their traumas from the adults in their lives growing up onto me. Since 2012, I have been on a spiritual and conscious journey of healing that has tested me, broken me, and brought about a rebirth in me several times. A challenge that I have been confronted with on this journey has been learning how to identify and become aware of my traumas, how to replace habitual negative thought patterns and how to become organized in order to truly give myself the time I need to evolve and direct my life energy towards my life vision. All of this has only been possible through acquiring self-discipline. I make it a priority to educate myself on the workings of the mind, body, and spirit, meditate, exercise, eat food that resonates with my body, seek guidance from people that I see are leading healthy lifestyles and are generally living a fulfilled life and I journal among other things to stay on this healing journey.

Podcasts have also been a huge contributor of wisdom and information in the last two years, like Jay Shetty's podcast "On Purpose". In one of his recent podcasts, Jay interviews Gauranga Das, his mentor, a monk of 25 years and a Leadership & Mindfulness coach. In the interview, they draw reference from ancient texts from the book "The Bhagavad Gita" that speaks about the importance of controlling our minds using self-discipline by applying oneself to follow a certain regimen. This is called Regulative Principles of Freedom. Gauranga says that "it may sound contradictory because self-control or discipline seems to have a connotation of being bound as a prisoner". He then uses a beautiful metaphor that left me inspired. He says, "If someone is flying a kite, the question is, is the rope binding the movement of the kite, or [does] the rope becomes an instrument for helping the kite fly higher? So if someone says, 'Why is the kite bound? Let us cut the rope,' the kite may fly for some time but then again it will crash." "So the rope is binding the kite, but the rope should not be seen as limiting the movement of the kite but facilitating the upliftment of the kite."

How can we use this example to see discipline in a new light? What areas of your life do you recognize that you could use a little more self-discipline? What holds you back from applying yourself in tasks that call for you to be more disciplined? May this lead you to reflect and open up to the possibility of attaining more freedom in your life through discipline.

Story by: Tanama Colibri

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