In this age of rapid fire frenzy, slow is becoming obsolete. Snail mail? Ha. You don’t even have to wait until you get home to send an email. Just do it from your smart phone. Better yet, text. Patience is considered a virtue, probably because it can be such a challenge. Especially in this age of technological advancement, when it’s all about instant gratification. Granted, seasons still take their time to change. Traffic persists. But we are not exactly watching bread rise these days. I wonder–now that we require less patience, do we have less patience?
Despite our hyper-speed society, your spiritual life remains a perfect place to practice the lost art of patience. Waiting in line needn’t be a drag. You can make it an awakening. Spirit has a way of showing up in stillness. Next time you are stuck at airport baggage check-in, check in with yourself. Become aware not just of your surroundings, but of your inner experience. Are you anxious? Over-thinking? Confused? See if you can calm your mind and relax. “Do you have the patience to wait until your mud settles and the water is clear?” –Lao Tzu
If you’re an athlete, you can appreciate the difference between a run on the treadmill and a yoga class. Coming straight from the rat race, a yoga studio feels strikingly serene. You might be antsy for some rigorous movement, and wouldn’t you know it? Once you finally get going, you are expected to hold a pose for what seems like days. It’s a definite shift, physically and psychologically. But as famed yoga teacher Baron Baptiste reminds us, “If you try to force a rose to blossom, you break off the petals.”
One can’t help but internalize the mad rush now and then. Yet, as nature teaches, it is often best to let things unfold in their own good time. “Patience and passage of time do more than strength and fury.” ~Jean de la Fontaine.
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