Haaah…Discipline and freedom. Where do I start with these two little beauties of the human experience?
I’ve had a long history of emphasizing the importance of discipline and craving freedom as if it were a rare and preposterously expensive luxury. Nowadays I still ebb and flow with these life aspects, imposing firm discipline one day, rebelling and embracing freedom the next.
Many people speak of divine pace, divine timing and divine decision. You know; “don’t worry about a thing, it will all come together in divine timing”. Well that’s all well and good but another quote I like; “Pray and move your feet” (which upon researching its origins, turns out to be an old African proverb), tells me that we must not simply sit and hope for our good to arrive but take some action too.
So in my mind, discipline isn’t such a bad thing. When we’re too good at self-imposed discipline though, we take the joy, spontaneity and yes, freedom out of life. We block ourselves from that quiet inner voice of divine inspiration, guidance and love. We set our course, define the parameters, put our heads down and go, go, go. There’s no time or inclination to pause, reassess, slow down, take a detour, explore another path, or shift the goal a little or a lot.
Living my new life in the country I’ve learned a lot about myself through my business and my spiritual path which are of course, intrinsically linked. I’ve practiced yoga, pretty much every week at a local class and tried to impose a daily home practice with some success. Same with meditation, although I can honestly say, I do make time to meditate most days, and the creation of my local women’s meditation circle has certainly helped with that. I’ve always loved to walk and cycle, and food isn’t an issue for me, so I guess my well-ingrained discipline sorted those things out many years ago.
What I really waver on are tasks related to building my business, clarifying what I offer, who I serve and especially anything at all to do with marketing and selling my services. In fact even taking myself seriously as an entrepreneur has been a struggle.
And yet really, I have made progress just by doing what I do. My business is doing pretty well and I’ve come to realise it is somewhat about divine timing. The universe has been delivering clients to my door by recommendations and the all powerful internet. One woman googled ‘hypnosis’ and found me, even though that word appears nowhere on the web. She enjoyed her session and was a great match for how I work. Hmph (shrug), divine guidance perhaps?
Anyway, back to discipline, my recent breakthrough with getting up early to journal, meditate and walk has slipped away with the days growing shorter. Getting out of bed before the sun is up is just plain hard for me to enjoy. My body craves more rest in these darker months and so I’m relying on divine discipline to guide me. I simply ask within during my day to discover what would be the best thing for me to do in each moment. So when I’m struggling to open my eyes, let alone get out of bed at 7.00am, I simply honour the moment and wait to be guided into action or indeed, non-action for a few more minutes.
Letting go of the freedom versus discipline struggle allows us to be present with how we are really feeling and respond naturally and with respect for our most basic needs. Sleep is vital for good health and successful living.
Divine discipline takes the rigidity and self-punishment out of life and replaces it with flow, harmony and pleasure. No one likes to be harangued or bullied into doing anything so please don’t do it to yourself. If I can let myself off the hook, anyone can. It makes you happier in your heart and allows you to create your life with a feeling of lightness and freedom.
Sound good? 🙂