Think – Day 12 – You will soon have wings to fly…be patient.
“Adopt the pace of nature: her secret is patience.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson
I want to check in with you quickly today on our discussion yesterday about ‘dropping into the ocean of spirit’.
Do you feel like you can do that?
Or do you feel frustrated by a lack of seeming connection to anything?
I know how challenging it can be to quiet the mind sometimes. So if you’re struggling to feel connected to spirit, source, or self, bombarded by negative thoughts some days, or dealing with the pesky judge…I invite you to be easy on yourself!
ALL of this is here for a reason, and you can benefit from it.
I know that sounds odd, since we don’t like feeling controlled by our mind, unable to find peace, and overruled by the tyrannical judge in our heads.
But guess what? If you are experiencing it that is your life in that moment, and there is something good you can make from it.
Be at ease that it is here and allow yourself to patiently observe it.
“Patience is a form of wisdom. It demonstrates that we understand and accept the fact that sometimes things must unfold in their own time. A child may try to help a butterfly to emerge by breaking open its chrysalis. Usually the butterfly doesn’t benefit from this.”
“Any adult knows that the butterfly can only emerge in its own time, that the process cannot be hurried. In the same way we cultivate patience toward our own minds and bodies when practicing mindfulness.”
“Remind ourselves there is no need to be impatient with ourselves because we find the mind judging all the time, we are tense – agitated – frightened, we have been practicing for some time and nothing positive seems to have happened.”
“We give ourselves room to have these experiences. Why? Because we are having them anyway!”
“When they come up, they are our reality, they are part of our life unfolding in this moment. So we treat ourselves as well as we would treat the butterfly. Why rush through some moments to get to other “better” ones? After all, each one is your life in that moment.” – Jon Kabat-Zinn
So if you find yourself frustrated that you can’t seem to find relaxation or ‘deep connection’ in your meditation practice…
DON’T WORRY ABOUT IT.
Just let it be and observe it.
Perhaps every day for a month you will feel this…it’s different for everyone.
What will happen with patience though is that you will have moments of breakthrough in awareness, clarity, and peace at some time.
This habit is can be one of the most elusive to secure for some, because the benefits can be hard to see sometimes.
That’s how it was for me for a long time.
Now though, I feel peace, connection, and solitude, even when I notice my mind wandering or agitated.
The patient practice of sitting daily over time has created a sure way to become quiet, connected, and aware daily.
And that daily connection and quietness is so essential in our noisy, distracted, disconnected world.
Isn’t it ironic that we are more connected as a global society than ever in history and yet this very ‘always on’ connection to each other can be one of the greatest disrupters of our connection to our spirit?
“Patience can be a particularly helpful quality to invoke when the mind is agitated. It can help us to accept this wandering tendency of the mind while reminding us that we don’t have to get caught up in the “travels” of the mind.”
“Practicing patience reminds us that we don’t have to fill up our moments with activity and with more thinking in order for them to be rich. It helps us to remember that quite the opposite is true.”
“To be patient is simply to be completely open to each moment, accepting it in its fullness, knowing that, like the butterfly, things can only unfold in their own time.” – Jon Kabat-Zinn
Join me in adopting patience today.
Be the butterfly, who patiently waits its time in the cocoon. This analogy is farther-reaching specifically with meditation than you might think.
It’s really hard to notice anything is happening, but in one moment a magnificent butterfly emerges as a new creature.
This can and will happen to you.
You will have these moments of clarity in your continual transformation.
But in those times of waiting…be patient! Nature is taking its proper course. Just do the simple practice.
Be here, in this moment, now. Allow everything that comes.
Make Today Amazing!