The truth about discipline

In our diet culture, the word discipline has taken on a particular meaning – one of militant, self-denying, aggression.
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In the Buddhist sense, however, the word discipline has a completely different connotation. It is not about overriding our desires or rigidly applying rules despite changing conditions.
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True discipline is about coming back to the present moment. Again and again and again.
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We do this in our meditation practice. We feel the breath and when we realize we’ve gotten lost, we come back.
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In our Intuitive Eating practice, we also come back – to the present-moment body. The body, in fact, ONLY lives in the present moment. Our hearts can only beat now. Our lungs can only breathe now.
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Whenever we find ourselves lost in our anxious or controlling minds, ruminating on obsessive thoughts, criticizing our non-compliant bodies – we notice, we come back, we consult our present-moment bodies, asking “What am I feeling? What do I need right now?”
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If you can do that (and I know you can), then you can practice discipline.