I think about discipline a lot, because I am not good at it.
Like, what creates discipline?
If it’s an act of will, it doesn’t work.
If it’s an act of seduction (you’ll get goodies!), it doesn’t work.
If you leave it to chance, it certainly doesn’t work.
Here’s what I’ve gathered: Discipline is built of faith + exertion.
Faith arises from space, based on knowledge, NOT BELIEF.
Exertion comes from confidence.
Confidence, according to my teacher, Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche, comes from five (very interesting, unexpected, yet totally ordinary) sources:
1. Cleaning up your space.
2. Wearing nice clothes. (Not expensive, necessarily; clean, well-fitting, and so on)
3. Spending time with people who increase your energy.
4. Eating good (quality) food.
5. Spending time in the natural world.
Quite an interesting formula, no?! Try it. Let me know what you think.
Gorgeous recycled wooden ‘breathe’ mantra by William Dohman on etsy.com.
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