Welcome to AikiWeb Aikido Information
AikiWeb: The Source for Aikido Information
AikiWeb's principal purpose is to serve the Internet community as a repository and dissemination point for aikido information.

Sections
home
aikido articles
columns

Discussions
forums
aikiblogs

Databases
dojo search
seminars
image gallery
supplies
links directory

Reviews
book reviews
video reviews
dvd reviews
equip. reviews

News
submit
archive

Miscellaneous
newsletter
rss feeds
polls
about

Follow us on



Home > AikiWeb Aikido Forums
Go Back   AikiWeb Aikido Forums > Columns

Hello and thank you for visiting AikiWeb, the world's most active online Aikido community! This site is home to over 22,000 aikido practitioners from around the world and covers a wide range of aikido topics including techniques, philosophy, history, humor, beginner issues, the marketplace, and more.

If you wish to join in the discussions or use the other advanced features available, you will need to register first. Registration is absolutely free and takes only a few minutes to complete so sign up today!

Comment
 
Column Tools
Discipline
Discipline
by Lynn Seiser
08-24-2007
Discipline

The Discipline:
The discipline to mindfully be who we already know we are.
The discipline to wisely go in the direction we already know is the right direction to go.
The discipline to courageously do what we already know is the right thing to do
The discipline to keep being, going, and doing what we already know is right.
In general, discipline is a punishment, training, and/or a code of ethics.
Discipline: (1) punishment or penalty, (2) instruction, (3) a field of study, (4) training that corrects, molds, or perfects faculties or character, (5) control gained by enforcing and developing obedience or order, (6) orderly or prescribed conduct or patterns of behavior, (7) control, (8) a rule or system of rules governing conduct or activity
Discipline often gets a bad reputation. Somehow, we have only accepted the first definition of discipline as punishment. We often think of discipline as something bad, to be avoided. It is a parental model, and I do not buy that it hurts them more than us. Punishment may actual be the natural and logical consequences we receive for not having discipline. We will never be able to acquire and maintain a skill without discipline.

Developmentally, we are usually "other-disciplined" before we are "self-disciplined". Learning is usually outside-in or sequentially external before it is internalized integrated and incorporated into an identity frame of reference. This is the wisdom of choosing wisely who we will take instruction from. If we listen intently to the chatter from society, we may begin to accept unhealthy standards as normal and live according to them.

Discipline may then be considered realizing that we already know what we truly want, what we have to do to obtain and maintain what we want (the sequential action steps required), now we just have to get back to training towards it.

The discipline to mindfully be who we already know you are. Many times we are caught up in the learned ego identity we are taught and forget that we already know who we are. The search to find out who we are is usually found in the disciplined quiet of stopping being who we are not.

The discipline to wisely go in the direction we already know is the right direction to go. In a goal driven world we can get caught up in the momentum and inertia of the confusion, chaos, and conflicts of everyday life and miss the direction of our own (and our world's) evolution. In the end, we already know what is important. The discipline is to remind ourselves that we already know and to walk in that direction.

The discipline to courageously do what we already know is the right thing to do. Most of us live on automatic pilot and do whatever we have been programmed to do, without thought and without question. Question everything. Not out of disrespect, but out of an honest and genuine quest for the truth, for the right things. The discipline is that we already know, and have always known, the right things to do. Seldom are we faced with our own ignorance. If we are ignorant, and truly do not know, have the courage and humility to ask and be open for new information. Always look for those truths that awaken that resonance of your already knowing. The discipline is to do the right thing without much external support or encouragement. The road of discipline is, more often then not, lonely.

The discipline to keep being, going, and doing what we already know is right. Discipline is not a one moment or one day event. Discipline is an on-going everyday celebration of who you really are, where you are really going, and enjoying the journey to get there. Many find that the actual practice of discipline brings the direct and goal into the everyday life, no matter what activity one is engaged in.

Discipline is an attitude, an intent, an identity. Discipline is a way of life. Discipline is Budo. Discipline is Aikido.

Thanks for listening, for the opportunity to be of services, and for sharing the journey. Now get back to training. KWATZ!

Lynn Seiser (b. 1950 Pontiac, Michigan) Ph.D. has been a perpetual student of martial arts, CQC/H2H, FMA/JKD, and other fighting systems for over 37 year. He currently trains and hold the rank of Sandan (3rd degree Black Belt) in Tenshinkai Aikido under Sensei Dang Thong Phong at the Westminster Aikikai Dojo in Southern California. He is the co-author, with Phong Sensei, of Aikido Basics (2003), and the (2006) Advanced Aikido Concepts and Aikido Buki-waza for Tuttle Publishing. His martial art articles have appears in Black Belt Magazine, Aikido Today Magazine, and Martial Arts and Combat Sports Magazine. He is the founder of Aiki-Solutions and is an internationally respected psychotherapist in the clinical treatment of offenders and victims of violence, trauma, and abuse living in Marietta, GA.
Attached Images
File Type: pdf lseiser_2007_08.pdf (154.3 KB, 9 views)
Old 09-18-2007, 06:30 AM   #2
Mary Eastland
 
Mary Eastland's Avatar
Dojo: Berkshire Hills Aikido
Join Date: Aug 2002
Posts: 1,209
Offline
Re: Discipline

Thanks...Lynn.
for me showing up on the mat on schedule is a really important part of my discipline....there are many distractions in this world...thanks for a reminder that it is good to follow my path.
Mir
  Reply With Quote
Old 09-18-2007, 11:42 AM   #3
SeiserL
 
SeiserL's Avatar
Dojo: Roswell Budokan, Kyushinkan Dojo, Aikido World Alliance
Location: Roswell, GA USA
Join Date: Jun 2000
Posts: 3,719
United_States
Offline
Re: Discipline

Osu Mary,
You are most welcome.
Yes, the first step in the discipline is to show up. In fact in many ways, that's the majority of it: to show up and be mindful and present in everything we do.
It is a good path.
Rei, Domo.

Lynn Seiser PhD
Yondan Aikido & FMA/JKD
We do not rise to the level of our expectations, but fall to the level of our training. Train well. KWATZ!
  Reply With Quote
Old 09-18-2007, 04:42 PM   #4
James Davis
 
James Davis's Avatar
Dojo: Ft. Myers School of Aikido
Location: Ft. Myers, FL.
Join Date: Apr 2005
Posts: 716
United_States
Offline
Re: Discipline

Quote:
Lynn Seiser wrote: View Post
Yes, the first step in the discipline is to show up. In fact in many ways, that's the majority of it: to show up and be mindful and present in everything we do.
It is a good path.
Rei, Domo.
Showing up for the first time can be difficult. Help someone to do it with a friend instead of alone. Great article, Dr. Seiser. (I know you'd rather I call you Lynn, but you can't hit me from that far away. )

"The only difference between Congress and drunken sailors is that drunken sailors spend their own money." -Tom Feeney, representative from Florida
  Reply With Quote
Old 09-18-2007, 06:38 PM   #5
aikidoc
Dojo: Aikido of Midland
Location: Midland Texas
Join Date: Dec 2000
Posts: 1,652
United_States
Offline
Re: Discipline

I know its a definition but I dislike the concept of discipline as being punishment. I prefer to think of it as a redirection or correction to bring someone in line with an expectation or standard. But that's just me. I put discipline somewhat in the category of positive reinforcement. As Skinner intended it, it only occurs when a positive or desired change in behavior occurs. Punishment on the other hand does not always have to result in a change in behavior for the good.
  Reply With Quote
Old 09-18-2007, 08:22 PM   #6
Qatana
 
Qatana's Avatar
Dojo: Aikido of Petaluma, Petaluma,CA
Join Date: Jan 2003
Posts: 834
Offline
Re: Discipline

Discipline can also mean devotion, as a disciple is...

Q
http://www.aikidopetaluma.com/
www.knot-working.com

"It is not wise to be incautious when confronting a little smiling bald man"'- Rule #1
  Reply With Quote
Old 09-19-2007, 07:02 AM   #7
SeiserL
 
SeiserL's Avatar
Dojo: Roswell Budokan, Kyushinkan Dojo, Aikido World Alliance
Location: Roswell, GA USA
Join Date: Jun 2000
Posts: 3,719
United_States
Offline
Re: Discipline

Quote:
Jo Adell wrote: View Post
Discipline can also mean devotion, as a disciple is...
Yes, I believe that they come from the same root word implying a path or person to follow.

Devotion, dedication, and determination to walk in a certain direction and make/let our dreams come true is discipline.

However we define it, it comes down to doing it.

Lynn Seiser PhD
Yondan Aikido & FMA/JKD
We do not rise to the level of our expectations, but fall to the level of our training. Train well. KWATZ!
  Reply With Quote

Please visit our sponsor:

Handmade Aikido Gifts - Handmade functional ceramic art with aikido themes



Comment


Currently Active Users Viewing This Column: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
 
Column Tools

Posting Rules
You may not post new columns
You may not post comment
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

vB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off

Similar Threads
Column Column Starter Category Comments Last Post
Zazen necessary for training Mike Galante Spiritual 114 10-05-2012 11:25 AM
Cross Discipline Training divinecedar Training 18 02-27-2007 06:18 AM
Less discipline with time? Unregistered Anonymous 38 11-09-2002 04:57 PM
The cage and aikido rgfox5 General 53 10-03-2002 10:33 PM
Seiza nikonl Training 30 04-11-2002 06:12 PM


All times are GMT -6. The time now is 01:36 PM.



Column powered by GARS 2.1.5 ©2005-2006

vBulletin Copyright © 2000-2014 Jelsoft Enterprises Limited
----------
Copyright 1997-2014 AikiWeb and its Authors, All Rights Reserved.
----------
For questions and comments about this website:
Send E-mail
plainlaid-picaresque outchasing-protistan explicantia-altarage seaford-stellionate