Yoga Nidra Meditation: Patience
Patience: Accept What You Cannot Control
The focus for this week is PATIENCE.
What does this mean?
While the dictionary definition of patience is a person’s ability “to accept or tolerate delay, trouble, or suffering without getting angry or upset.” I would like to expand on this concept. I believe to have patience is to allow life to happen organically without trying to push or pull, without trying to manipulate a person or situation into having the outcome you desire. I know it is human nature to try to control all aspects of our lives, but let go a bit and feel just how liberating it is to be surprised once in a while as life falls into place just as it should.
I remember a moment in my life, in my early 20’s, when my grandmother came to visit me in Phoenix, Arizona. We were driving home late in the evening and I may or may not have been going a tad fast when my grandmother, in the most gentle words reminded me, “patience is a virtue.” She then went onto say I was just like my grandfather, I had a lead foot. She too, on numerous occassions would proffer her advice to him. Whether he took it to heart, we don’t know, but it struck a cord with me. I often reflect back to that night when my life seems out of control or I am going through a period of change. In these moments all I want to do is reach out, clench my fists and dictate my life as I deem fit. But the universe, or God, or whatever you believe won’t have it that way. As much as we try to influence the outcome, the more we find we have little power to truly do so.
So, why try so hard? Is it not more unfettering and freeing just to put up your hands and wait for the right recourse to fall into your lap. Save your energy.
When you feel out-of-control, in the midst of chaos, sit still and have patience, for life will not stay the same forever and you will move forward in due time.