The Attitude of Patience
The attitude of patience simply suggests that we understand and accept the fact that sometimes things must unfold in their own time. It’s an alternative to the mind’s restlessness and impatience. Mindfulness asks that you cultivate patience towards your own mind. It’s about not letting our desire for particular results or our need to rush in order to get to the next thing we want to do or place we want to be dictate or overshadow the quality of the present moment. Whatever you experience in the moment is your reality and if you are open to each moment, accepting it fully as it is, without trying to speed up the process, then you are being mindful.
Take a look at that fern frond in the image above. If we were to be impatient for it to unfurl and decided to help it along, what would happen? We would break the plant! All that new growth and potential would be ruined. Now you see why sometimes we need to accept that things must unfold in their own time.
Let’s listen to Jon Kabat-Zinn explain the attitude of patience. He has such a wonderful way with words!
Next time we will look at The Attitude of Beginner’s Mind, however it won’t be next week as I will be away on a little holiday (more on that in tomorrow’s post). Tune in on Monday 22 December for Mindful Monday: The Attitude of Beginner’s Mind.
Ciao for now,
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