students say that sometimes they have problems getting themselves to practice
at home. Often I hear the statement, "I just don't have any discipline."
I would like to redefine the concept of "discipline" by contrasting it
with the concept of "commitment".
is a big difference between discipline and commitment. "Discipline" is something
that is externally generated, it is a "should". We have often internalized
this "should" as the concept of discipline into our own inner voices;
this is the voice we hear inside berating us when we don't practice.
on the other hand, is a choice we make of our own volition. The difference
between "discipline" and "commitment" is conflict. When we are imposing
discipline upon ourselves we are in conflict with ourselves, arguing inside
"yes, no, yes, no". But when we are committed there is no conflict, no argument,
about something in your life that you are committed to, for example, brushing
your teeth. I doubt that you argue with yourself every morning about brushing
your teeth. You just do it, whether it is interesting or boring, it doesn't
we are committed to practicing yoga, we just get on the mat every day, regardless
of our mood, our state of mind, our internal dialogue.
you have problems sometimes getting your self to practice, spend a little time
figuring out what is standing in the way of your commitment to practice. I
am guessing that what you learn in the process will not only free you up
more often but will enrich your life as well.