Knowing the Niyamas : Tapas Self Discipline
While temperatures continue to drop, there’s something heating up inside - and we’re not talking about the furnace. Tapas, the third niyama, speaks to self-discipline or inner passion. To get fired up about this niyama, let’s look into the root of this Sanskirt verb “tap” which means “burn”.
Lining up after suacha: purity, and santosha: peace, the third niyama, tapas, is purposely placed to ignite something inside to drive our actions from a space of intent. Once we clean our minds from unnecessary noise, find contentment in where we are, then we allow for that burning desire to come forward so we can create a life of meaning.
As we enter 2020, the year of vision and clarity, it is essential to apply saucha and santosha into practice before writing down the goals we so aspire to achieve. During this outline we must remove our ego and external motives before moving towards our higher self. We must set our objectives out of a place of love and peace.
When designing your tapas, first ask “what’s my why?” If your tapas is to lose weight, then first ask why you want to lose weight. Is it to fit into a smaller pants size or feel comfortable in your skin? Is it to look a particular way in wedding photos or to have the energy to dance all night at that same wedding? Is it to feel validated, or feel loved? Whether your tapas is around the physical, emotional, or spiritual changes you wish to make by burning away excess impurities in your life, start with intention. Then execute the steps towards achieving these ambitions by focusing on how they will change the way you feel for the better.
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