No Time for Patience
July 12, 2016
Patience has gotten a pretty bad rap in this age of Google, Amazon overnight delivery, and drive-thru fast foods. To wait doesn’t sound sexy, doesn’t stir the heart like drinking a can of Red Bull and powering all night to complete your current project. Patience has an old fashioned ring to it, something your grandmother cautioned when you just couldn’t stand the thought of waiting another day, week, or month for your birthday or that summer trip to the beach. It meant waylaying pleasure and being content with the everyday stuff of life. It meant not having those presents, that cake, the thrill of the spotlight and having everyone singing your praises. Oh, yes, patience can be a bugger—so unglamorous; dressed in plain gingham with brown shoes and obviously going nowhere. Let the toe tapping, the teeth-grinding, and general angst begin, when patience is foisted upon you and there’s nothing you can do but sit and wait.
In the practice of yoga you have a golden opportunity to build a respectful and sublime relationship with patience. It is a friend, a most trusted ally in the process of opening up, of allowing the lotus flower of your true being to unfold one glorious petal after another. There is no way you can push the process of awakening. You can’t stuff your evolution with caffeine and adrenaline to propel it at any faster pace than it is already going. The soul relishes a good journey, one that is chock full of mountains to climb, rivers to cross, and valleys that seem to go on forever. I remember the day in his class when Yogi Bhajan spoke the words, "Patience pays. Wait. Let the hand of God work for you. One who has created you, let Him create all the environments, circumstances, and facilities & faculties.” It was a moment of realization that I didn’t have to “make” everything happen in my life. It wasn’t my burden to carry alone; there was a greater power that was walking by my side, to guide my hand and heart on just the right course to bring me to be the best and most empowered, grateful, and blessed being possible. To hear this amazing affirmation on patience spoken by Yogi Bhajan click here. For a meditation to foster patience in your life go on over to the Freebies page and download the Meditation to Promote the Parasympathetic Nervous System.