In this way, when we are looking through the lens of the past, we cannot see anything as it truly is now at this moment.
This includes ourselves, others, the entire world. Most people have developed a habit of actually using their past experiences determine the value of what is occurring in the present. In doing so they miss the essence of what they are experiencing.
Today we look towards developing the skill of being open to the true nature of who or what is in front of us. The result will be a clear feeling of being more alive and awake in your life.
To be patient is to see all things though the perception of the present moment. To accurately perceive another person you must see them only as they are now. And this is equally true when looking at ourselves.
When we become impatient, we are, in fact, viewing life through past experiences or in anticipation of future ones. We are judging that the present moment should be different than it is rather than joyfully accepting life's unfolding.
The truth is that the "past has no reality in the present." Yet most of us consider it natural to use our past as the reference point in viewing the present. We believe it is natural to try to control the future in order to make our lives safe. Yet this idea is actually very unnatural. It is delusional. To understand patience we must look upon ourselves and other with no reference to the past. Then we will be able to learn from what we see.
Peace will be ours today as we focus upon the present.
Patience is the miracle that occurs when we stop seeing the past and future as our only reality. We are fearful and controlling when we anticipate the future on the sole basis of our past experience. The result is always a conflicted mind. In contrast, when we allow the present moment to rise above the past and the future, we give ourselves freedom. We sever the chains that hold us back.
Patience is the opposite of condemnation. They cannot occur at the same time. Today focus on the present moment and find that patience brings you peace of mind.
The Lessons of Patience
- Whoever is in front of you is your teacher. We are all teachers and students to one another.
- Each moment you spend with another person is a precious gift. When you are with one person, try not to think you should be with someone else or someplace else.
- Look to the heart of a person rather than to their behavior. Heart to heart communication can transcend any impatience that you may have.
- Be gentle with yourself and you will move much further.
- Spend some time walking when you could run, sitting silently when you could stand and stew. heal when you could harm. In these things you will find patience for yourself and others.