Sunday, November 18, 2012


Cultivating Patience

If we want to live wider and deeper lives, not just faster ones, we have to practice patience; patience with ourselves, with other people and with the big and small circumstances of life itself.

Developing patience is a combination of motivation (wanting to), awareness (paying attention to our inner landscape), and cultivation (practicing).

Patience gives us self-control, the capacity to stop and be in the present moment.   From that place we can make wise choices.

Patience helps us be more loving toward others, more at ease with the circumstances of our lives, and and more able to get what we want.

Patience rewards us with the fruits of maturity and wisdom: healthier relationships, higher quality work, and peace of mind.

Patience accomplishes its magic by bringing together three essential qualities of mind and heart that allow us to be and do our best: persistence, serenity, and acceptance.

Source:  "The Power of Patience" by M. J. Ryan

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