Patience is not simply the ability to wait – it’s how we behave while we’re waiting. ~ Joyce Meyer
Waiting happens every day. We wait for the right partner, the right life. We wait in the grocery store and at the stoplight. We wait for something we like to start, or something we dislike to stop. There is almost always something to wait about.
But the thing about waiting is that it almost always means that we are focused on the future rather than the present. And to make matters worse, often it is accompanied by an impatient anticipation, desire or dread. Together, these states of mind can completely prevent us from fully experiencing what is actually happening NOW, in real time.
As you move through your week, make a point of looking at the activity of your mind. Notice what arises. Do you notice boredom? Are you waiting for time to pass? Do your thoughts drift to future and past? Each time your mind wanders away from the present, notice if you can bring yourself back to the present moment, the breath, the stillness in the mind. Notice also when you experience pleasantness and calmness; see if you can encourage equanimity even in the midst of waiting, of impatience, of desire.