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Be the Change You Wish to See in the World – Ghandi

Discipline or Regimen


I would say I am a creature of habits, not just habit.  Since I started this journey toward a kinder, gentler, more present me I have struggled with this side of myself.  Is it a hold over, an improvement resistant aspect of my Type A personality?  Is it something different?  I know what my husband would say, as one who naturally shuns routine.  I have to answer this for me.  I have done some soul-searching and also, as has been my quest for presence, started actually paying attention.

I have arrived at a theory or rather a test I administer to my own routine.  I do think there is difference between discipline and regimen I think that is where I find my answers.  Discipline is the calm in the storm.  I don’t mean a nun with a ruler kind of discipline.  I mean that sweet concept of self-discipline.  I would say Buddhist Monks, lets all agree, among the kindest and most gentle of all people are pretty self-disciplined.  If you don’t believe that when is the last time you meditated for 14 hours a day and went months without speaking?  Self-discipline is the tool that holds you to your goals and makes you answerable only to yourself.There is a quiet calm and sweet freedom in self-discipline.

Discipline is Freedom


Regimen on the other hand, is more like being held captive.  There is a reason it is also used to describe a unit in the Army.  This is the OCD level commitment to a routine or process.  There is no freedom in that and there is no destination to be reached.  It is the modern obsession with checklists and to do lists.  I personally have enough people telling me what to do.  I don’t also need a bossy post it note getting into the act.

Where I have landed on all of this.  I ask myself is this discipline or regimen?  Am I in control or is the routine in control? Am I benefiting from this or suffering though it? I have found through observing, just me and how I feel and how my world feels, discipline is necessary.  The discipline of my day also provides the flexibility and freedom.  In the discipline I find the breathing room.  Because I go to bed at 9 PM I can get up at 4 AM.  Because I get up at 4 AM I can run and I can meditate.  I have quiet time to start my day and nourish my physical and mental health.  Because I come home and prep for the next day and have a system for taking care of the cats it frees up time to cook healthy meals for me and my husband.  Because I have completed the chores I can relax and truly be with my husband at dinner sharing our day.  In the discipline I find the exhale.  It works for me.  Sad to say to my husband my self-disciplined routine will most likely continue, but I will also continue to allow for flexibility.


Author: fromtypeatotypeahh

I am a water resource manager in Atlanta Georgia. I am married with no two legged children but we have have 5 cats. I love reading, writing, running, meditation, travel and staying at home spending quiet time with my husband and cats. I am passionate about cooking and health. I love learning new things and growing. I am very interested in and beginning to explore minimalism to find real value in what matters.

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