“With love and patience, nothing is impossible.” - Daisaku Ikeda
Any meaningful work and accomplishment starts with patience, with our ability to wait and have faith in the future. But patience is really more than waiting...for patience is necessary to grow better understanding of ourselves, others around us, and life itself. Patience will help us achieve a long-lived dream of peace and happiness.
“It’s all about finding the calm in the chaos of everyday life.” - D. Karan
I live in Montreal city, surrounded by ever-going changes around me, and that can sometimes be quite challenging. The rhythm of our current lives can be hard to live with, as we have growing worries of technology, money, relationships, health...so many worries around us...and inside of us. Our hectic way of living makes it even more difficult for us to appreciate what we have instead of going after more....more money...more technology...more excitement...more pleasure. And really, there is no way to appreciate what we have if we can’t stay here and...wait.
“The greatest art is to sit, and wait, and let it come.” - Yogi Bhajan
To appreciate our lives and live in fulfillment, we really have to wait and observe what is happening. It’s all about learning and discovering what was there all along...without trying to run from it. When we sit and wait, we might get bored or frustrated at first...but with time we are growing our patience, and therefore become more easily happy at the simple miracles of life that happen inside and outside of ourselves.
"The mind can be a crazy monkey that is always dying to escape from the moment." - Rolf Potts
During my daily meditation, I sit and wait. As I wait, I look patiently at my breath...breathing in...breathing out. The breath is comforting to look at and is always changing...and to satisfy myself with only the breath is both challenging and rewarding as it develops my patience.
But our mind does not like to wait...it likes movement, change, improvement. Really, our hectic mind is an addict for activity, like a monkey that is always looking for bananas. And that monkey mind of ours, it needs something to do while it waits. So we give it a job during that time...we give it the job to look at our ever-changing breath, until it gets satisfied with only that and stops chasing after other bananas.
“Patience takes courage. It is not an ideal state of calm. In fact, when we practice patience we will see our agitation far more clearly.” - Pema Chodron
Patience can be practiced with others, through regular meditation and mindfulness exercises. Come join our free weekly meditation group to learn more on how to develop patience in your life.
19 December 2017