[Classic post from 5-3-16]
If you’ve been reading these Daily Inspirations for a time, you might have seen one of the several posts I’ve done about my learning to “practice" patience. It’s kind of a fantasy to think that patience will just come to us as some kind of wisdom that sprouts from accumulated knowledge. I found that as I was willing to actually practice patience, that I learned how to have more patience in my life. Alternatively, the lack of willingness to practice it keeps patience at bay.
This morning, I was looking for something else, and I found this absolutely wonderful quote above by Paulo Coelho. As I absorbed its concise message, I had a whole new way of understanding and viewing the idea of patience. I said to myself, “Of course! That makes perfect sense. I can see that now."
It had me thinking of patience as a sort of out-of-body experience, as a mind that is viewing the whole scene in and around me, being unattached to any of it, as an observer–no emotion, no judgment. That’s really what patience is all about I think, and I’ve certainly experienced it that way, but really hadn’t thought of it in these terms. Previously, it was more like letting go of my concerns, allowing me to experience some peace where others may be uptight and anxious. And, I found such relief in the practice.
Now, I think, I can take that practice to a whole other level because I can see so much more than I did before. The whole idea of the practice of patience causing me to pay more attention to what is going on around me–or often, in my face, is profound. It makes me independent of the situation, as well as independent of myself, my thoughts, and my emotions. It’s like watching from above, like an out-of-body experience.
Patience really is about paying attention but doing so as from a distance. I’m not so involved as I might have been before, and yet seeing so much more than I would have otherwise seen. This allows me to clearly see multiple points of view. It encourages understanding. And this perspective encourages calmness and a brighter presence of mind.
Patience Is Certainly A Worthy Practice.
Spread Some Joy Today–by seeing life as if you are not engaged, but an observer. See all that joy? Spread some of that.