Tapas ~ The Simplicity of Spiritual Discipline

One of the niyamas or observances in yoga is called tapas, which is interpreted as austerity (simplicity) or spiritual discipline. Sometimes we reject the idea of discipline because we value being free spirited and discipline doesn’t seem to fit in with the idea of freedom. When we examine more deeply what it means to be disciplined, though, we begin to see that it can create more freedom.

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Sometimes practicing tapas can simply mean saying no to those commitments that do not propel us in the direction of our dreams. When we take on projects or obligations that do not help us to achieve our goals we essentially waste our resources; we do not have the time or energy to work on the things that matter most to us. Determine which commitments support the direction you want to take in your life and truly commit to those and let others go. It is important that we do not practice tapas by being forceful with ourselves, that’s never healthy. Simply keep in mind what it is you are trying to accomplish- your intentions for your life- and set your course toward those intentions. Setting your course toward your intentions simplifies your life and can bring about more peace as you de-clutter your own mind.


3 Comments on “Tapas ~ The Simplicity of Spiritual Discipline

  1. Discipline is a big subject. So… According to your article, the tricks you would give me if I would ask you how to get more disciplined would be: making sure we don’t make it an obligation that doesn’t lead us to our dream, making a commitment of what we want to do (like daily yoga for exemple), letting go some other stuffs and having intentions in mind when we do it, keep it as a goal. Would it sound like it?

  2. Reblogged this on Yoga With Maheshwari and commented:

    Having been out of my routine of yoga, working out and eating well, I appreciated getting back to the routine. At first my body was achy doing yoga, but after a few sun salutes the muscle memory kicked in and it felt amazing. It made me appreciate tapas, the discipline I normally bring to my days.

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