One of the biggest struggles we all face right now is the almost Herculean effort it takes to be stuck in a state that we hate: WAITING. In fact, it goes counter to our modern ways of no longer waiting for anything and our intolerance when things are slow. Waiting is hard because it activates the part of the brain that makes us feel as if we are being threatened, as if we are in danger. The “waiting” becomes an obstacle in front of us that needs to get out of the way as it is perceived as a threat.
It takes a conscious effort to be patient, to accept the uncertainty of the thoughts that arise, the feelings of anger, fear and frustration that result, and the restricted or even regressive behaviours that occur during the period of waiting. Being impatient often causes conflict. When focused internally, it tears up our insides and rarely does it help the resolution of the situation. When focused externally, it can cause rebuke and even violence.
We must be thoughtful about how we respond and react to the waiting: the greater our response the greater the impact of the stress on ourselves, and on those who are with us.
Think about how you can build your PATIENCE MUSCLE. Be kind to yourself. Be kind to others.
Remember that everyone in the human race is trying to build this muscle right now.