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Tag: discipline

Discipline is a dirty word

In yoga philosophy the concept of discipline (specifically self-discipline) is referred to as niyamas. It covers cleanliness, contentment, spiritual austerities, study of sacred scripture and surrender to God. That might not be the kind of discipline you’re used to hearing about, because the restraints…

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Long Weekend!

The long weekend is here. Time for a little restoration after a hard week’s work. I find that I used to have high expectations for long weekends; when I drank it meant extra time with a drink in hand and I equated that to…

Focus… or dare I say discipline?

Sometimes when we hear the word discipline we become uncomfortable. It doesn’t have good connotations. It can be associated with a lack of freedom. When we consider what it is to be disciplined though, it can actually create freedom. What I’m referring to is…

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…