The Importance of Being Patient

Sometimes I tend to be an impatient kind of guy. I want things when I want them and why didn’t I get them. I put an unreal expectation on myself and other people around me when I’m in this frame of mind. People much smarter than me have commented on this for a long time.

Have patience with all things, but first of all, with yourself  - Saint Francis

When I realize I’m in the “impatience mode” and change it, I have found that I can get a lot more accomplished, especially when dealing with other people. First off, I find I’m more relaxed and able to be my true, loving self. People around you can “feel” when you are uptight/ impatient and conversely when you are relaxed and calm.

We could never learn to be brave and patient if there were only joy in the world              Helen Keller

When you are relaxed and calm you release all your worldly concerns and tensions, allowing life’s energy to flow more freely and effortlessly. This is you at your best and it’s much easier to have patience in this state. For this and many other reasons it is important to find something that helps you to relax. Some people pray, some chant, some meditate and some do all of the above. Whatever form of relaxation you choose, just do it!

How poor are they that have not patience. What wound did ever heal but by degrees? William Shakespeare

I invite you to try listening to some chants for yourself. It’s free and I’m not selling anything. On this website I have some professionally recorded chants that I invite you to listen to. I have the words onscreen, in both English and phonetic Tibetan, to chant along with. The 5 minute long “OM MANI PEME HUNG” chant will definitely help relax most anyone. Why not try for yourself!

“If you can cultivate the right attitude, your enemies are your best spiritual teachers because their presence provides you with the opportunity to enhance and develop tolerance, patience and understanding.” - Dalai Lama