O body swayed to music, O brightening glance, how can we know the dancer from the dance? – W. B. Yeats
Discipline has become a dirty word. For many it means doing what you do not really want to do. Your heart is not in it.
This is really the corruption of a word deeply related to the energy of a committed heart.
Discipline must come from the heart.
It cannot simply be driven from the personal will. It may begin with the focus of the personal will but that is probably not sustainable in the long term and certainly not a source of joy in the long term.
On the Journey of Prayer, the discipline you are committed to is inner discipline.
Otherwise, discipline as a forced practice over the long term makes you dull. It kills your freedom and your Being.
Discipline driven from the love of prayer will lead to an overflow of creativity and blessings arising from within without effort on your part.
You will begin to recognize that on days when you do not engage with intentional prayer practice that your day is different. There will be no overflowing of energy.
With a life of prayer your life will be disciplined, not by any effort, but by your deepening inner understanding of your connection to the Divine.
Real discipline is where you allow the Divine to dance through you.
This is prayer as an expression of your love of existence. It is where you are praying always because its such fun and so fulfilling. Inside you are dancing.
Intentional prayer practice is the commitment to becoming an outpouring of Divine Intention.