Would you rather press the snooze button on your alarm clock and continue sleeping for another 20-30 minutes, or jump up out of bed and hit the road for your early morning jog? We humans are hard-wired to choose pleasure over pain. It’s in our inherent make-up. It takes discipline and motivation to get up out of bed in winter, when it is cold and wet outside. Sleeping in sounds like a much better option.
In yoga philosophy, there is a word for this. It is called tapas. The literal translation means fire: ‘to burn’. It is the idea of foregoing immediate pleasure and desire for long-term gain.
Let me give you some examples of this:
- Going on a detox where you eliminate sugar, dairy, gluten, processed foods, coffee and alcohol for a limited number of days in order to gain energy, clarity, reduce inflammation and to cleanse the liver in the body;
- Elite athletes who train up to 8 hours every day to be the best in their chosen field;
- Lent, where Christians give up a particular food or habit for 40 days in order to deepen their relationship with God; and
- Foregoing takeaway coffees for a specific period of time, and saving the money towards a spa treatment.
Tapas is something we consciously choose to do (foregoing the immediate pleasure) in order to gain a more rich, empowered, connected experience of life. We must ignite the tapas or flame within us, in order to motivate us in making changes in our lives.
Some days I would much rather go walking on the beach rather than sitting down to balancing my bookwork, but I know that having up-to-date records of my business brings me peace of mind and a sense of achievement.
Short-term pleasures like eating a piece of chocolate cake, buying a pair of shoes, drinking a glass of wine or watching a whole series on Netflix are just that…..short-term pleasures. These short-term pleasures are conditional. They always come with its polarity of either feeling guilty, putting on weight, wasting time, or having no money.
When we can successfully break old habits, create new lifestyle patterns and fulfil our goals, these are game-changers in our lives. But to do this, we have to draw on the fire within us, the tapas, the self-discipline that exists inside each one of us to bring about these long-lasting transformations.
It doesn’t matter if you want more energy, more quality time with your family, more free time for you, to lose 10kg’s or sleep better every night, these goals and dreams require tapas to manifest.
Think of tapas as the inner flame inside of you that keeps you determined and motivated to stay on track to create the life you desire. Without tapas, we probably wouldn’t bother to do the hard work that is required, and therefore never reach our potential, and to grow and evolve.
What area of your life would you like to change, and what are you doing today to create this change? Please share in the comments below. I’d love to hear from you.
If you would like more direction and support in freeing yourself from the daily grind, contact me now to book in for your FREE Discovery Session. Imagine what it would feel like to jump out of bed every morning with energy and vitality, excited to begin your day. Here is what Joanne has to say:
“I went to Catherine an absolute mess and came out a different person. With her support, I was able to take control of my nutrition, gained more confidence in decision-making and learned to love and appreciate myself.”
I look forward to chatting to you soon.
With much love and blessings,