I like the idea of ‘soft discipline’ (it’s best if you), but dislike ‘hard discipline’ (you should). Don’t we all?
We all subscribe to cultural norms whether we buy the t-shirts or not, and in turn we all soft or hard
discipline ourselves to think in certain ways.
I shy away from many harder disciplines especially superstitious, ritualistic historical ways.
I guess there always has to be motive, or reason.
For the last few weeks I have made the decision to “shave my facial hair” almost daily (otherwise known
as my “shrew”). To be clean shaven – not something that I have made a habit of in the past.
I have been entertaining the idea of ‘habits that help focus the mind’.
This is not for aesthetic, religious, or practical reasons – but as a trigger to remind me of ‘mindfulness’.
At first this seemed an odd idea, but it has produced effect.
I can’t pinpoint what effect, but it’s “a decision”, a catalyst, that reminds and projects onto one’s world
It requires time and action. It’s a physical, visual, sensual and personal act. But what have I associated it
Attitude, worth, image, health, cleanliness, imperfection, routine…
As a single act it’s relatively meaningless, but when combined with other ambitions it seems to resonate.
It reminds you of growth, change, time, nature…
It reminds you of ablution, presentation, countenance…
It requires a daily decision, growth just happens…
To be wild, to sculpt an image, or to cleanse and routinely resolve towards clarity… ?