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Adopt Discipline With Open Arms

March is already here and I associate this month with Spring. Even if I'm in New England and we get a snow storm, I know that winter is just having some last gasps. Here in the Pacific Northwest, I'm seeing the occasional bold daffodil as if this flower just can't wait to burst open and welcome milder weather.

I'm also still aware that the tail end of winter is here. That time of year when I find myself taking stock of who I am, what I've done during the darkness, and am I ready for a kind of re-birth. If you think you'll get it all together and have life figured out by a certain age, think again. At least in my case, that's not how it goes. For sure, with age comes some wisdom and the more I learn and discover, the more I realize I still don't "know". I also keep uncovering pieces of the puzzle that contribute to my becoming whole. Even though it's really humbling, it's also exciting.

This week's Seed related directly to the recognition of certain characteristics that I have.

"Discipline isn't just about control and authority from the outside (ugh!). It's also about alignment with a sacred purpose in my (or your) life and it involves being in integrity.

My first reaction is to rebel against discipline, however that's because I might see it as an imposition from someone else. Choosing not to be disciplined means not always self-regulating and not appreciating the value of certain structures. I have been known to be defiant when it didn't necessarily serve me. For me, discipline also involves commitment. Winter can be a wonderful time to go inward and see what's there. This year I had a deep awakening around my fear of commitment and how much it's held me back over the years. Being committed means knowing what's important to me and doing whatever it takes to support it -- giving it my all. Integrity is what pulls it all together. I have certain rituals and one of them is drawing an oracle card from "Daily Guidance From Your Angels" by Doreen Virtue. The past couple of months I keep drawing the same card:

"Be Honest With Yourself"

Some of the advice for this card includes, You've probably been afraid that if you admitted how you honestly felt, you'd be overwhelmed with feelings and faced with making some necessary changes that you feel unprepared for. Yet, the angels assure you that it's healthiest to face this situation with honesty. They will help you with your emotions, relationships, and any support you need to make positive changes. Acting with honor and kindness, adding commitment, and having sacred purpose all mean discipline is a gift. Look for it, accept it, align with it -- this is what I wish for you.


If you're feeling the challenge of making positive changes, I can help you with that! Send me an email and we can talk about it. Don't get caught up in the illusion that "this is just the way it is". You deserve more.

Sparkles and Love,


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Barbara L Cummings, MS, RN

the Mindful Maven and Mistress of Meditation, is a sassy Queen-ager, mentor, confidante and trusted guide who provides people with everyday life support. 

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