A long time student of mine who I affectionately call, "Curious George" came to talk to me after class last week.
He said, "I am not trying to flatter you but, I want you to know that I always apply your teachings to my daily life. No matter what is happening, I slow down and watch myself before my mind can react out of habit."
I have to admit that I was flattered, but more than that I was impressed by my inquisitive student's thoughtfulness and discipline.
It takes discipline to pay attention to your thoughts, words, and behaviors on a day to day basis. Doing so allows you to choose the qualities that you would like to cultivate in your life. My student's curiosity, enthusiasm, and willingness to learn are qualities that support his capacity to be disciplined.
In yoga philosophy, we are advised to practice tapas, which can be translated as a "fiery discipline". They say that when we have a committed, enthusiastic, and disciplined approach to our yoga practice, we will "burn" away any blockages in our mind, body, and emotions that prevent us from finding union with our higher self. The yogis believe that when we find this union, we will be at peace in our mind and hearts.
Even if you don't practice yoga, you can apply tapas to anything that you would like to improve in your life.
Getting healthy in your body, improving your relationships, finding success in your career, or creating more happiness in your life are all things that don't just happen. To make a transformation in any area of your life requires a constant, committed, and disciplined effort.
Assuming that others who are happy and successful are just lucky is a total cop out.
Happy and successful people consistently have a willingness to do the work that is required to achieve the results that they seek. In other words, they are disciplined!
Cultivating the qualities of enthusiasm, curiosity, and the willingness to learn and grow, will support you and make your disciplined efforts rewarding and enjoyable.
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