Some 6 or 7 years ago I got the Home Study of Bhagavad Gita by Dayananda Saraswati from someone I met.
I read from it 30 minutes every day, and yesterday I read this: “Discipline implies a certain mastery of the mind”.
If I look in my experience, it looks like the rule is to break any promise I make to myself, feel guilty, break some more, feel guilty, and when I do what I promised, “I know it will not last”.
Slowly but surely, discipline is making its way in my life. It is not forced, I do not criticize myself when I do not do something I promised (a big thing!), I fall and “so what”, then continue without losing heart, with my eyes on the goal.
To be disciplined one needs a “what for”.
The “what for’ for me is that in the process of practicing discipline I have clarity of mind, power, I am present and incredibly effective; discipline like a way of life is the thing that allows for that.
Only in the present!
You cannot have discipline if you are not present.
I lead the TimeMaster course once a month and I do not care if I only have 2 participants in it. I do it for myself, as a practice.
Every time I lead I get connected, lose a lot of crap that sneaks in to occupy my mind, and I reconnect to myself.
How lucky to have such a tool!
No wander they say that a “teacher” teaches because he himself needs what he is teaching, or something like that.