Waiting is hard, especially when there’s something we want to happen very badly, but it never seems to come. Weeks and months go by, and still nothing. We wonder if it will ever happen. What does happen in the meantime? Are we really appreciating what we have right now? Are we enjoying life now as it is? Or are we impatiently tapping our toes waiting for that thing or things we really want to happen?
Patience isn’t just something we do while we wait for something important to happen. Patience is a way of life, a way of being. It’s what we do and what we are every moment of our existence. It’s in the way we think. In the way we act. It’s a whole new way of seeing the world.
Patience allows all things to come when it’s supposed to. It gives our life room to breath and to just be. It opens the heart and mind and eyes. It allows. It just is.
Patience gives us the gift of living in the moment. It helps us to see and appreciate all we have. It helps us dream about the things we want, but know it will happen when it’s supposed to. We can still appreciate the now, because our patience will bring us our heart’s desire in the right time.
Patience is a bridge over the gaps. It’s the fire that keeps us warm. Patience is our life. The more patient we are, the more happy and content we become. And in this way patience is as important, if not more so, than the breath we take each and every single moment that we are.
Some Ways to Practice Being More Patient…
- Choose to understand and to grow even through frustrating circumstances. Many times it’s these frustrating circumstances that show us something important that needs some change or recognition.
- Live strong and know your strength. You are much stronger and powerful than you think you are.
- Appreciate life and all you have. Maybe you have more than you think?
- Accept what is in your life and realize that it’s that way for a reason. Allow yourself to stop fighting what is and just let it be. Just because something is a certain way now does not mean it will always be that way.
- Know that things can be confusing. That’s okay. Give yourself time to figure it out instead of forcing the issue. It’s okay to feel a lost for a little bit.
- Don’t get stuck on the “why this is happening”, or “how that’s going to happen”.
- Fake it until you make it. Sometimes acting patient, even if you don’t feel it will help move you forward. Eventually you’ll realize one day you actually waited for something and you didn’t have to fake it!
- Slow down and really see what’s around. In doing this, you can really understand how amazing and rich life is.
- Get plenty of sleep. There’s nothing that will ruin mood faster than being tired and strung out. Sleep is important to maintain a good mood, especially patience.
- Practice deep breathing and meditation. This will allow you to slow down and reduce your stress so you can invite more patience in your life.
- Look for love in your life. Patience is about showing love for ourselves and those around us. When we find ourselves about ready to lose our patience with someone remember how much you love and appreciate them.
- Write it out. This is one of the most effective ways to really understand yourself and situations better. Get some paper or keep a journal and write about it. You might be surprised how much clarity this brings to a lot of things.
- Be kind to yourself. It’s okay to have faults and make mistakes. Practice self-love and acceptance to realize how amazing you truly are!
- Take a time out when things become too much. Just breathe and remember it’s not the end of the world. Things will get better.
- Remember that you won’t always have the answers all the time, and that’s okay.
- Recognize your body and moods. Some days may be harder than others to get through because of something your body may be going through. Know this, accept it, and let the rest go.
- Acknowledge a Higher Power. Maybe you can’t see the bigger picture, but God (or Goddess, or Higher Self, ect.) can. Pray or meditate to seek guidance and answers.
- Learn to let go of the things you can’t change or do anything about or understand. Trust yourself and realize all will work out exactly as it should in the right time.
Patience isn’t something that can be cultivated overnight. It takes time and it takes… patience. So be patient with yourself and see how you can develop more patience in your life. Who knows? It might just be a life changer.