Patience can be seen as a skill or trait you possess, or as something you grasp at, trying to muster in the moment. There’s also the mindful pursuit of patience as a practice, cultivated as part of a spiritual or self-growth path.
No matter which expression of patience resonates with you, one thing is very clear. We ALL struggle with patience – how to maintain, find and grow it in our lives.
The goal of even the most mindful or “together” people is not to eliminate the feeling of impatience – it’s to pay attention to when and how you become IMpatient, then use that insight as a self-teacher and guide to grow your “spiritual muscles”.
On this episode of the Flirting with Enlightenment podcast we talk about triggers, shifting your perspective, and offer tips on how to cultivate patience as an ongoing practice. We also share tools to help you tune into what you need to create more patience in your day-to-day life.
To give you a head start, here are some simple ways to “dig into” the discomfort you feel behind the triggers that lead you to “light up” and lose your cool:
- What are the triggers are making you impatient throughout your day?
- Do you always react in the same way, regardless of the trigger?
- Are there certain people or relationships that always cause you to lose your patience?
- Do you have a way to disconnect and release stress in order to take a deeper look at what’s underneath a feeling of impatience?
- Is there a real (or imagined) sense of urgency causing your patience to crumble?
The most important gift that a lack of patience can offer is insight into how you can be more objective, make things easier on yourself and practice self-care, rather than getting caught up in the draining, frantic energy of impatience.
Join us to explore tools that help ground patience into your daily life and develop an ongoing practice as you evolve into the truest expression of your creative and spiritual self.
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