October 18

DISCIPLINE MONTH: DAY 18: “Stop seeing discipline as something you hate or dislike; start embracing it, start loving it, start seeing it for the friend of your success that it really is, and start seeing comfort for the enemy of your success that it really is.”― Jeanette Coron

Most of my male friends are fit and have great discipline when it comes to getting the right kinds of exercise. They do not eat well, however. Cultural, because they were brought up to eat meat and potatoes by their families and still consider that the standard of a meal.

My female friends mostly do NOT have a good fitness regimen, except those who are quite a bit younger. They are active and eat well. Interesting what the culture taught so many and how few of them adapted to a healthier discipline. Sad.

I fell in love with hiking at a very young age, probably somewhere around 10 or 11. I always loved being in Nature, so was a natural for that. I began doing other things, like swimming, very young. Then began to surf in my teens…all about boys, of course. And I love the ocean! Always have, always will. Total sun and surf person here! Then came sailing and other things.

Never cared for riding horses or bicycles, although motorcycles made me very happy…men again! And the speed and thrill of that.

But yoga has been with me for over 50 years now. It is the one discipline I have always resonated with, because of the spiritual study that came with it. I am so blessed to have it. It made sense, coming from a love of dance when I was a little girl. I love to move my body rhythmically and always have. I do not understand those who are sedentary and don’t move their bodies. It seems sad to me.

As I age and things either wear out or injuries occur, my disciplines are greater, instead of lesser. I am determined to keep going, no matter what hurdles I must overcome. There is too much missed by sitting on the couch and waiting for life to ring the doorbell. I want to continue traveling to new places to climb up rocks and mountains, with less intensity, but with the same amount of enthusiasm, joy, and wonder. I don’t believe recovery is possible or present without the mind, body, spirit thing going. And I want to always work on all three in perpetuity.

Published by: Kelly

I am a therapist and counselor with long-term recovery from addictions and personal trauma. My writing reflects these experiences and the road I have traveled in 12-Step recovery settings, along with the work I have done for over 30 years in the field. My love of dolphins includes the stories of them being healers in places all over the world. I long to offer every broken spirit and body the experience of a healing hug. May my words and stories inform, uplift and delight your spirit and soothe your weary heart.

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