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© Detail from Original Painting, "Creativity", by Laura Basha

“Like a great starving beast
My body is quivering
Fixed
On the scent
Of
Light."

~ Hafiz

Would you like ongoing grace and vitality? What would you want vitality or grace for? Perhaps so that you can have the opportunity to continue to be the vibrant contribution you are in the world, to leave the unique legacy that only you can leave? What is it your body needs for that vitality, grace and longevity?

How much do we distinguish what we want, so that we can reflect on it? And … how much do we think about what we don’t want?

Attention to thought creates experience, according to the character of the thought.

Discipline is required for taking action to create something new. Discipline is a consistency of laying groundwork, laying framework for something new. The discipline of consistent action – born of consistent conscious thinking - creates a new structure for a new way of being and operating. The means to create this new way of being is completely available to us, from the inside out, from center to circumference - through thought.

Discipline is remembering what you want.

What are we paying attention to? Are we thinking about what we don’t want? For instance, if we want to have a “clean body”, are we really cleanly thinking about it? What is “Clean Body” for me? What is it I want a clean body for?

What if we thought: “Oh, I have a goal of actualizing myself as vitality and grace, and how I want to get there is I want to give up sugar, or I want to eat less calories, or I want to meditate, or I want to work out more. What’s the bigger context for this? Is it coming from thinking that how you’re operating isn’t good enough? Or is it coming from a context of really wanting to purposefully and authentically live, generating a level of vitality that your body has access to, so that you can continue to gracefully enjoy life and inspiringly contribute?

How much do we attend to the things that we know our body needs, how much do we attend in a consistent, disciplined way, so that we can accomplish what we want: more vitality, more joy and longevity, more contribution? What thinking do we need to consciously choose and practice, so that we access the grace born of allowing our bodies to be the temples that they are: true conduits of longevity, magnificence, and powerful vitality!

If it was your charge to tend to
the most sacred Temple on the planet,
how disciplined, how conscious, how reverent,
would you be?

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About The Author

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Dr. Laura Basha is an organizational psychologist, writer, and artist, and along with organizational transformation, consulting, and executive coaching, she offers her skills as a life coach and educator, specializing in personal transformation and creative self-expression. For over thirty years she has worked with thousands of international clientele, using a principle-based paradigm of health and empowerment, catalyzing an awakening in people to their authentic self-expression, creativity, and power. She has taught her work in private practice as well as community, clinical, academic, professional, public, and corporate settings. Find more of Dr. Laura Basha's teachings, videos, artwork, and writings at White Bird Rising.

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