“Strength does not come from physical capacity. It comes from an indomitable will.” Mahatma Gandhi
The Importance of Self Discipline
Today I would like to briefly talk on the topic of discipline and how we can cultivate it in our lives to create will power. Improving self discipline for our purpose of growth means to learn, to learn about ones self. Incorporating discipline into your daily life you are in a position to grow at a deep level. When you gain a deeper understanding of yourself you will become intimate with all your negative tendencies, all the things that rob you of your vital energy, the energy you need to transform your life. We will need to cultivate our will power to overcome these tendencies.
To be able to be disciplined in the study of ourselves we will need to become more awake and conscious. We need to learn how to turn inward, to learn about our mind and the nature of our thoughts. Many of us will come to find how mechanical we really are. Mechanical meaning we react to life only from our past conditioning. If we manage to be less mechanical, less divided in ourselves, to have more control of ourselves, it will mean that our being has changed. You will notice a different dimension in your being which will give birth to a different quality of your will, a mind that is more attentive.
In developing your will power it is important to have an aim, which will serve as the basis of your actions. For example if your aim is become more conscious and awake you can start observing small habits and start to struggle with them, through these small struggles, keeping your aim in your conscious awareness you will develop the will power to transcend these habits.
Improving Self Discipline To Develop Will Power
It is important to watch and not express unnecessary talk, imagination, lying, and expressing negative emotions. Each time you are able to observe these internal manifestations and not express them; you will be cultivating your will power and gaining the energy to transform your being. Transformation entails no effort, when you have a mind that has clarity, the ability to perceive, no time is required to change. A clear mind is a happy mind, try and remember a time when you had an epiphany, you will see it was in a space of where your mind was empty.
The more you observe yourself the more material you will have to learn from. You must learn to become a passive observer, to not suppress, or distort what you are observing. Being passive means to be extremely alert, to be able to see the all the subtleties of the mind. Anytime you suppress or try and control what you are observing will only produce conflict. If you look closely you will see the observer and the observed are the same thing, conflict arises when we see these internal movements as separate. When I observe anger within me, the anger is not separate from the part of me who is observing it, in other words the thought is not separate from the thinker.
If we want to be more conscious, we need to study what prevents us from remembering ourselves, the acknowledgment of our very existence, our sense of “I am”. We must try to catch ourselves at moments when we are not conscious and little by little this will make us more conscious and create will power.
To remember oneself one must have a certain control of negative emotions. Just observe yourself when you are fully expressing a negative emotion, you become lost and very mechanical. You must always study yourself and find weak spots where you can produce control. You will see that much of our energy is wasted in expressing negative emotions. As you grow your will power you will begin to store up your energy, the very energy that will help you reach your desired aim.
Cultivating Self Discipline
Daily Actions: Discipline is built by consistently performing small acts that correspond with your aim and constant self study. The more you nurture self discipline the more it will help you in removing your inner contradictions.
Daily Moment of silence: Learn to be with your inner silence; learn not to run away from it. Silence is your key in developing understanding of yourself and the world.
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