A few weeks ago, at a free public talk, local yogi Laura Dunn discussed: ‘The Art of Yoga: Seeing the Real’. The subject of how we see things, focused the discussion around awareness and perception, and how yoga can help us to become better at seeing everything around us, and also ourselves.
A central part of the talk on this theme, learning to see things as they really are, was discipline. Without the discipline to practice we wouldn’t notice or see any development in our pursuits. This is true for most things in life, and especially yoga or running. With discipline we can feel progress being made, we become more aware of our bodies, our legs, our hands and feet. Our sensitivity is heightened, we slow down. We learn about ourselves, and we start to understand that the process is just as important as the progress.
Laura’s blog recently featured poet Sam Skeist. His piece, ‘Yoga F cked up My Life‘ has a thing or two to say about discipline:
“Someone said discipline is saying no to the things you like so that you can say yes to the things you love. That’s a bunch of bullshit ‘cause chocolate cake and beer for breakfast with me (in bed) is nothing but a loving ménage a trois. Discipline is saying no to some of the things you want to do so that you can take care of the things you need to do… so that you can guiltlessly do what you crave to do.”
The question is if you do more of the things you need to do, with a little discipline, will they eventually become the things you want to do? Do we then see things more clearly?
Check out the whole poem…
The really interesting thing is that Sam is also a runner, and was featured on Run Blogger last year as he prepared for the Honolulu Marathon…
Just having enough discipline to write a blog post is sometimes hard enough, but how about you?
When do you say no to some of the things you want to do so that you can take care of the things you need to do?
Day 12. October Photo Challenge. Faceless self portrait.