“Those who are certain of the outcome can afford to wait and wait without anxiety”–A Course in Miracles
Patience truly is a virtue. We have all heard this adage for years and years, but what does it really mean? What does life look like when we live with patience?
I am fairly certain that if we all had a little more patience, we would be a lot more peaceful, and if I dare say, our lives would unfold with much more grace. In my opinion, when we break down the root of impatience, we find that it’s when we are not trusting that things will work out ok; in our best interest. We are actually out of the present moment. When you get into the trusting mindset, that things really will unfold as they are meant to, you can relax knowing that you are being taken care of; you are supported. This is the essence of patience. Living patiently is a practice, with awareness, and a change in mindset. We ease into it by making small, simple adjustments. This week, I want to share with you my practices for patience; so that we all can live in grace and faith.
1. Practice being in stillness. When we are still, we find peace in the current moment. We have learned with the speed of society to be discontent with stillness. When we add moments of stopping, stillness throughout the day you will find your sense of inner peace, strength, and acceptance.
2. Practice awareness. Start to notice when you are feeling impatient. What does it feel like in your body? What situations trigger you? By being mindful of what brings you these feelings of impatience we can start to create positive change towards the desired goal of feeling at ease. When we are aware- we know.
3. Practice living in the present moment. When we are present, we are at peace. This can be very difficult for many of us as we often trail back into the past or have anxiety about the future. When we stay in the moment, patience automatically comes to us. Take a few breaths when you are feeling impatient and come back to the now.
4. Practice surrender. Many times, we yearn for the sought after goals and ideals that we know will transpire in the future. The key to bringing these goals into fruition is living in the present. Practice Patience, and all is coming.
How do you practice patience? What are your biggest triggers when it comes to being patient? Keep the conversation going in the comments below! I’m wishing you a beautiful day!
Michelle is Peaceful Mind Peaceful Life's Creative Director and resident writer. She has a degree in Journalism from Indiana University and is also a certified holistic health coach through the Institute for Integrative Nutrition and registered yoga teacher with trainings with Anuttara Yoga Shala and Strala Yoga. Michelle has a deep desire to help people find happiness in all areas of their lives, and truly believes the Peaceful Mind Peaceful Life movement will bring lasting change to the world. Michelle splits her time between Florida and New York City and loves connecting with people from all over the world. If you'd like to contact her, she can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org