20090114

Microdiscipline

If you are like me, you love the freedom of doing what you want, when you want, and not caring about what people think. In fact people may call you lazy, or even a bit wild.

That's all very well but even we freedom-loving individuals need to get things done, like maintaining a meditation practice and a yoga practice. The way I approach this is through what I call microdiscipline. It consists of 10 minute intervals that you agree to do something for. Meditate for 10 minutes. Go through your mail for 10 minutes. Yoga for 10 minutes.

The beauty of doing things for 10 minutes is twofold. Firstly, the psyche offers almost no resistance at all to such a short interval of time. Secondly, the ego stays out if it, 10 minutes being beneath contempt for the ego to comment upon!

10 is a number that the Ancients thought of as lucky and they ascribed near-magical properties to the number. I like 10. Try it and see, for no more than 10 minutes.

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