Core Rituals

Today was my 252nd day in a row of Holosync.  No misses.

I think the act of doing something religiously, with discipline, every day changes you.  It’s this kind of persistence that we admire in athletes, and musicians, and writers who complete manuscripts.  We recognize (even if we don’t quite understand or feel it) what it must have taken to persist in something for a long time without giving up.  It is admirable.  It is inspiring

Disciplined people shine a little brighter, somehow.  And I mean this quite literally.  There is an aura about them.  Their eyes emit a little bit more fire than a person without a disciplined habit.   In yoga there is a concept called Tapas.  Tapas literally means “to burn” but in yoga pertains to self discipline and burning through resistances.  Every time you resist the urge give up, and instead persist with your resolve by acting in accordance with your goal or aspiration, you build a little more fire, a little more heat.  You glow a little more brightly.

A lot of people try to do hard things but give up.  And that’s why we can recognize and appreciate a feat that must have taken a lot of work and self-sacrifice and self-discipline.

I become inspired by people who do that.  I am inspired by those who climb Everest or bicycle across the country, or memorize complex musical compositions or write amazing books or do highly skilled athletic maneuvers.  But I also recognize that for the most part I can’t or don’t want to do those things myself.  I don’t have that particular interest, nor do I have the body type or brain configuration that would enable me to do that.

But I can meditate every day. And do my yoga. And write in my journal. These are my core rituals and they ground me and support me.  I don’t know what I’d do without them.

I’d probably just watch Dancing With The Stars and drink beer and eat Fig Newtons.

3 thoughts on “Core Rituals

  1. Kathleen,
    Does getting out of bed in the morning count???

    I agree with what you wrote wholeheartedly. It is so easy to give up and give in. There is a little musical instrument in my room that accuses me of neglect, every time I look at it….so I am off to say ‘hello’ to it now.Thanks for the needed kick in the pants.
    Dentist….now that I cannot handle….at all.


  2. Hi Kath! Your post reminds me of Benjamin Franklin’s 10 virtues – whereby he would he would practice one virtue at a time for a certain time period (3 months? I can’t remember…). He swore by this practice and claimed that it was the his zealous focus on those virtues that helped him to be so successful and happy in life. 🙂


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