This is the first part of a series on Consistency. To read the other parts, please visit our Consistency Page. We have also have a series on Humility, Awareness , Stillness and Discipline so please check those out as well if you are interested. This series on humility is the fourth series in our Tao Te Ching Exploration Project. Throughout this project, we will be discussing some of the basic principles brought up throughout the Tao Te Ching. The principles we will cover are Awareness, Stillness, Discipline, Humility, Flexibility, Consistency, Connection, Service and Leadership. I am sure that there are many other principles that have been discussed throughout the text, but these are the nine topics that I am choosing to focus on over the next several months. I relate to each principle by focusing our attention on each of the nine chakras. This nine chakra model is based on the Q’ero Shamans’ chakra system that is explained in depth in Dr. Alberto Villoldo’s book, Shaman, Healer, Sage.
In this system, the chakras extend outside of our human form, which allow us to recognize our greater aspects of being. With nine chakras and nine disciplines, we will end up with 81 essays on living with the Tao in mind throughout every aspect of our being. (Since there are 81 chapters in the Tao Te Ching and nine is a completion number, I felt this was a fitting tribute.) I hope that you are enjoying the series and will continue to explore with us throughout the rest of the project.
How Consistent are You?
We are over the hump in our Tao Te Ching Exploration Project – this deep dive into nine of the basic principles of the Tao Te Ching. [Pause. Big breath.Yes.] Consistency – our FIFTH of nine principles! Oh my. Anytime a new topic comes up, my resistance comes up to meet it!
For this first chakra, we are looking at how consistency relates to security and safety.
Hmm… My first thought is that we, as a species, crave consistency. It is part of our core, our comfort. We need that level of regularity so we feel comfortable. I travel some for my day job. I learned early on that staying in the same hotel chain and staying at the same hotel for each city that I regularly visit is very helpful to me. This consistency has comforted me during a time when I don’t feel as secure.
It is important in developing this principle that you create routines around things that you want to keep in your life. What is important to you? In creating routines around these things, you will feel safer – more comfortable.
Security comes around our basic needs: shelter, water, food, love.
Build some routines around these things. Build routines around your home. There is a great podcast I listen to called Flylady. Flylady is a good person for building cleaning routines. You can build routines around food. Are you just eating randomly or do you have some habits around eating healthy? For me, it would be building some habits around eating more slowly and enjoying the taste of my food. We probably all could use more consistency about drinking water! These are all very basic concepts, but they are the foundation of our lives.
As for love, to me this is about creating fun traditions that you do with your family.
For my little pod, Tuesday nights is family night. We are all busy with our lives with yoga and the gym and other various commitments, but on Tuesday nights nothing is planned outside the family because that is the one night we have committed to hanging out together. With my growing up family, we usually go camping in the summertime together and we spend most Thanksgivings together. These two traditions are a very important part of my life because they keep me connected since my sisters and parents are scattered all over the country.
Do you have any routines that can help to build that consistency in your life? Let us know about it in the comments below!