08 Apr AWAKENING TO DISCIPLINE
Dear Discipline Readers,
Would you consider yourself discipline or far from it? Discipline is “training that corrects, molds, or perfects the mental faculties or moral character; self-control; a rule or systems of rules governing conduct or activity.”
I wouldn’t consider myself “disciplined.” But two people commented that I’m extremely disciplined. A friend said, “Jennifer, you could be doing a million things during the day. But you are choosing to sit at your computer and write. Now that’s discipline.” My family doctor shared, “You published a book. You wrote several screenplays and now you are in the midst of writing another one. You are extremely disciplined.”
Sometimes we need others to share a different perspective than rely solely on how we see ourselves. We have an inner critic. We have uncompromising, harsh, relentless thoughts that linger throughout the day. We have an ego building separation, duality, and illusions. You can never get it all done. But there are areas of your life that you are indeed disciplined.
How disciplined are you?
How disciplined are you with your thoughts, emotions, habits?
How disciplined are you with your eating?
How disciplined are you with saying no?
How disciplined are you with your finances?
How disciplined are you with social media? Knowing when to turn it on and better yet, when to turn it off?
How disciplined are you with your alarm clock that goes off at 5:30 a.m.?
How disciplined are you with setting time limits on phone calls?
How disciplined are you with expressing your emotions?
How disciplined are you with your creativity?
How disciplined are you with listening instead of speaking?
How disciplined are you with commitments? Do you break them easily or stick to them fiercely?
How disciplined are you with teaching your children, not controlling them?
How disciplined are you with sharing? How about with hiding you truth?
What patterns need to be changed?
Are you getting the results that you want?
I’m on this same path of letting go and letting in. May you give yourself credit for the areas that you are disciplined. And may you not beat yourself up for the patterns that lack discipline. One day at a time. I believe in you. I see you. You are changing. You are healing. You are loving. And that takes discipline precious one.
Awakening to discipline,