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|Related States & Conditions | Syntonic | Dystonic|
The Self cannot be known by anyone who desists not from unrighteous ways, controls not his senses, stills not his mind, and practices not meditation.
He who has conquered the feelings of pleasure, wrath, avarice, attachment, vanity and aversion, this one is peace itself, and free from all pride.
For the very true beginning of wisdom is the desire of discipline.
Men may block your path, but never let them obstruct you from right action; never let them destroy the feeling of charity you have toward them. You must be firm in both: steadfast in judgment and action; kind to those who do you harm. To lose your temper with them is no less a sign of weakness than one cowed into abandoning his proper course of action. In both cases, the post of duty has been deserted.
Those who wish to keep a rule of life
The mouth is the portal of the mind. If not carefully guarded, it leaks true intents and motives. Feelings are the feet of the mind. If not carefully watched, they will take you onto all kinds of wayward paths.
The nature of the monkey is wild and uncertain, but if you leash it, it will follow human direction, unable to do whatever it wants. The nature of the horse is stubborn and intractable, but with a bridle and headstall on, it will follow human direction, unable to gallop off … If learners can actually control their stubborn mind and return it to rectitude, transform their errant intent and restore it to sincerity, then half the Tao of essence and life can be comprehended.
The highest possible stage in moral culture is when we recognize we ought to control our thoughts.
I never could have done what I have done without the habits of punctuality, order, and diligence, without the determination to concentrate myself on one subject at a time.
There is no man that lives who does not need to be drilled, disciplined, and developed into something higher and nobler than he is by nature.
Thank God every morning when you get up that you have something to do which must be done, whether you like it or not. Being forced to work, and forced to do your best, will breed in you temperance, self-control, diligence, strength of will, content and a hundred other virtues which the idle never know.
We cannot kindle when we will
Perhaps the most valuable result of all education is the ability to make yourself to do the thing you have to do when it ought to be done whether you like it or not. It is the first lesson that ought to be learned and however early a person's training begins, it is probably the last lesson a person learns thoroughly.
Discipline must come through liberty ... We do not consider an individual disciplined when he has been rendered as artificially silent as a mute and as immovable as a paralytic. He is an individual annihilated, not disciplined.
Nothing of importance is ever achieved without discipline … But the discipline you have in your life should be one determined by your own desires and your own needs, not put upon you by society or authority.
No steam or gas drives anything until it is confined. No life ever grows great until it is focused, dedicated, disciplined.
Common-sense is the fundamental factor in all spiritual disciplines. No rule is an eternal rule. Rules change from place to place, time to time and from one condition to another condition.
You cannot make yourself feel something you do not feel, but you can make yourself do right in spite of your feelings.
We must practice separating ourselves from our negative moods and thoughts in the midst of all the troubles and disasters of daily life. No one can be different from what he is now unless he begins to separate himself from his present reactions and to identify himself with his aim. Detachment from negative states and assumption of the wish fulfilled must be practiced in the midst of all the blessings and cursings of life. The way of true metaphysics lies in the midst of all that is going on in life. We must constantly practice self-observation, thinking from our aim, and detachment from negative moods and thoughts if we would be doers of truth instead of mere hearers.
Without discipline, there is no life at all.
Though discipline and freedom seem antithetical, each without the other destroys itself.
A sailor without a destination cannot hope for a favorable wind.
A mountain can never be climbed looking down. The direction should always be onward and upward, and with faith, focus, discipline, dedication and hard work, our dreams will be realized.
No man can know where he is going unless he knows exactly where he has been and exactly how he arrived at his present place … Each of us has the right and the responsibility to assess the roads which lie ahead, and those over which we have travelled, and if the future road looms ominous or unpromising, and the roads back uninviting, then we need to gather our resolve and, carrying only the necessary baggage, step off that road into another direction.
The line of progress is never straight. For a period of movement may follow a straight line and then it encounters obstacles and the path bends.
We find our individual freedom by choosing not a destination but a direction. You do not choose the transformative journey because you know where it will take you but because it is the only journey that makes sense.
Look inside to find out where you’re going, and it’s better to do it before you get out of high school.
The smallest step in a positive direction is considerably better than sliding helplessly backwards. And you can take that step forward right now.
If there ever comes a time when you feel like you have to go someplace to find a better you and you’re going any farther than the mirror, don’t take another step. As long as you are looking toward anything but yourself, you’ll always be headed in the wrong direction.
We have been used to thinking linearly, but … it’s not in one line any more but many lines, in different directions, and those directions each have many more directions. It has nothing to do with space. If you hold your fist tightly, that little space contains all the dimensions.
| This cross-index may help identify and delineate more closely subjective realities often hard to pin down.
|Related States & Conditions||Action/Effort | Beginning | Cause | Commitment/Dedication | Determination/Persistence/Resolve | Expectation/Hope, Exploration, Focus/Intention, Goal/Ideal/Purpose, Initiative, Journey/Path, Passion, Possibility/Potential, Retreat/Withdrawal, Value/Worth|
|Syntonic||Attention/Awareness | Confidence | Conviction/Principle | Courage | Daring/Challenge | Decision/Decisiveness | Diligence | Discipline, Dispatch, Faith, Flexibility/Flow/Flux, Learning, Openness/Receptivity, Questioning/Doubt, Self-Reliance, Zeal/Zest|
|Dystonic||Avoidance/Denial/Refusal | Complacency | Conformity | Deferment/Delay | Delusion | Distraction/Diversion, Fault, Fear, Habit, Haste/Impatience, Inaction, Laziness, Limitation|
Pardon us for the Author links which do not work and incomplete Subject cross-references. This is a life-work-in-progress and, like Penelope's tapestry, proceeds bit by bit.
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