Discipline as a term has been misunderstood since ages. Some confuse it with following rules while some think of it as a form of restriction. Discipline in its true essence is liberation. Following rules may be a part of discipline but for the mystic world discipline has a much broader meaning.
Being disciplined isnt at all about being caged or chained. Discipline is a mystic’s magic wand which is the conduit for miracles.
Enjoyment and enthusiasm are the key elements of discipline.
You might love certain activities and find them enjoyable. But beyond a certain amount of time and participation, these activities cease to be enjoyable. Thats what discipline is all about. Knowing when to stop. Discipline stops you from spending too much time on activities which are no longer enjoyable. Till the time you are enjoying watching television its good, but the moment it becomes a habit when you are stuffing yourself with all the random content which you no longer enjoy, discipline says stop.
Discipline helps in shedding guilt and shame.
Discipline is about focussing on the present moment as it is rather than wanting it to be different. Discipline teaches you to focus on the NOW and work in that state. It prevents the mind from wandering into the past and travelling into the future. Discipline is being fully present in the here and now.
Discipline is a trait of the soul.
A mystic knows that discipline is freedom which is our true nature. We are created as free and bright creatures and discipline is our true nature.
Here we are going to discuss about dwelling in discipline.
In Chap 12 of Sparkling delight I have mentioned about some myths and truths associated with discipline.