Discipline – Part Two.

“Discipline is choosing between what you want now and what you want most.”

This quote came up in a conversation a week or so ago, and felt astonishingly appropriate. June has been my month of reclaiming self-discipline, something I let slide rather badly this year.

I am pleased with how I have done so far. I have been in shrine all but two days so far this month; one of those days was the final day of my cycle, the other I was traveling. I have been very present in shrine, too. My focus has been on the gods – and when it hasn’t been, I’ve been able to catch myself and reorient my attention. To all that, I say Nekhtet!

I have developed a greater sense of discipline in keeping my space clean and uncluttered, which is great. I put things away as soon as I am finished with them. All my belongings have a place.

I am making progress with my work ethic as well, though it’s not quite as refined as other areas. I have developed a better system for managing my emails and communication wih students. I am getting better at being present with students during lessons, and not zoning out while they’re practicing.

Still, my one failure this month remains in physical discipline. I wanted to use this month to begin a fitness regimen for myself. I have not done anything toward that goal, aside from poking my head in at a local gym. I have a lot of little fiddly details to conquer in this area which I don’t want to make public here; suffice it to say this will be the focus of a lot of attention in the future.

So, discipline is possible. It is one of my offerings to the gods – and I believe They appreciate the effort.

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Pagan Values Month: Discipline.

During June, many Pagan bloggers take on the challenge of writing about the ethics and values they believe comprise a significant part of their lives as pagans. The concept of the immoral pagan, propagated by Christians who see themselves as taking a moral high ground, can be overwhelmingly dismissed. Ask any Pagan whether their path provides them with an ethical and/or moral code, and you will get a hugely positive response.

For my part, I plan to blog primarily about Discipline this month. According to dictionary.com, discipline means:

1. training to act in accordance with rules; drill: military discipline.
2. activity, exercise, or a regimen that develops or improves a skill; training: A daily stint at the typewriter is excellent discipline for a writer.
3. punishment inflicted by way of correction and training.

I want to focus on the first two points,  it will probably touch the last one as well. Discipline in paganism can mean adherence to a daily practice, observance of taboos or oaths, constant work toward self-improvement — any number of things. I am not the most disciplined person, but I value self-discipline highly; I hope that in sharing my meditations on discipline this month I will be able to bring my own actions more in line with where I’d like them to be.

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