Discipline is one of the six paramitas - called Siila (pronounced Shila). There is joy in discipline and I know it and there is resistance to discipline and I know that too. Discipline is like the fence surrounding a corner lot backyard in a busy corner of town. It allows the children in us to run free like hooligans while remaining contained and safe. The point being that we have more freedom with the habit of discipline than we do without it. Therefore more joy.What is discipline like in your world? Scary? Or do you embrace it? Dance it to the edge of time? Discipline for me means that I remember that I chose to be a writer and writers write. It means that I know if I sit long enough at my desk - I will write and if I write long enough something good will happen. It means if I sit at my cushion and meditate something good will happen. It might not seem like the funnest thing to do but in its way it is. It is.
I am a flower child. I marched on the Parliament Buildings with signs that urged Peace. I sang we shall, we shall, we shall not be moved, just like the tree that stands beside the riiiiiiiiver, we shalllll not be moved. I brought my babies to L'Hibou to hear folk singers like Joni Mitchell and Phil Ochs. I went to dances in the honey house at 'The Farm' and fought for universal daycare. What I never wanted was anyone telling me that I had to do something today and every other day (except for the pill - that made sense!), not even me! Now I know that freedom is just another word for nothing left to lose and I embrace discipline and order and ritual and even, Buddha help me, organizing. Though, come to think of it - that was a pretty hip word too when it came to unions.
Tuesday, April 5, 2011
Discipline- the abcedaria of a writer
Discipline - I've talked about discipline before on this blog. It is one of the paramitas, or virtues, that we contemplate in Buddhism. Here is what I wrote then and believe now.