What Are Your Daily Disciplines?

Do or do not. There is no try. ~ Yoda

In my early forties I decided to start the long path to becoming a medical doctor.

While not easy, I believe that the end goal is worth the years of effort. It takes a lot of balancing and planning. Often parts of my life are out of my control, like when I have to be at the hospital early or on weekends. The cornerstone of my approach is having discipline. I have a few things I do each day, regardless of what else is happening. These are small things that don’t take much time, but they help me to feel like I have some control, and when everything else is feels like it’s falling apart — I still do these things.

My first practice starts with mindfulness, sometimes sitting, sometimes pranayama, often just drinking my tea on the porch with my dog Bernie. I then get some physical movement – a few minutes of yoga, indoor biking or weights. These two things set the tone for my day. I haven’t missed a day in three years of medical training. Sometimes i cut things short, like one minute of silence and 10 minutes of movement when I had to be at the hospital at 5:30am. Most of the time I have enough time to wake up at 5am, do my thing, and arrive by 6:30 or 7am. This has made a huge difference to my mental and physical health. I realize that before I started medical school, my discipline was to practice pranayama and ashtanga yoga on a daily basis.

Now I’ve expanded my repertoire, but the practice of Ashtanga helped me to develop discipline and see that I could do hard things.

I’m curious if you have activities that you do daily? What are your daily disciplines? 


About the author

You know how people feel stressed, fatigued, and overwhelmed —and they have no idea how to sift through all the health advice to help them feel better? Jessica Blanchard uses yoga, Ayurveda and nutrition to fix the root causes of their problems, so they get fit, and feel calm and energized.

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