Cultivating patience in an impatient world

The Empower Yourself Project - Cultivating Patience in an Impatient world

To be patient is to allow yourself to stop, whenever life requires so, without getting irritated or angry and taking advantage of that stopping time to notice yourself, others and life, to feel really alive, to learn something new, to enjoy the moment. To be patient means being able to better cope with any kind of unexpected event or with extended periods of painful situations, the very best way possible. Being patient means not allowing yourself to be run over by life but to be able to sustain a regular amount of self-control, restraint and good humor whenever you are obliged to stop, so that you can benefit from whatever arises from stopping.

Have you ever thought about why the seasons exist? Why must we endure the grey and passive energy of Autumn, the still freezing and silent cold of winter, the gentle and happy awakening of spring and the expansive and hot energy of summer? Is it not so immensely amazing to observe Nature's natural and innate wisdom as we notice the underlying motives for this yearly cycle?

Although Human's have, both unconsciously and consciously, challenged nature's natural balance through many incoherent actions and concepts, humans have also been unable to replicate this organic and acutely correct wisdom to this day. Human's kill all the wolf's in the Yellowstone Park and it becomes sick. Humans reintroduce wolf's to the park and it thrives again, amazing! Simply by observing the natural process of nature, like the old indian sages did, really brings about a greater understanding of human nature and it's naturally needed cycles.

The existence of the seasons allows a gentle and organic liberation of previous conditions and the adaptation to new conditions, so that all beings can painlessly go from one to the other. As the temperatures lower more and more during winter, we finally reach a state of comfortable warmness during spring and as the temperatures rise more and more during spring, we reach a state of high heat during summer and as heat decreases we reach a comfy state of coolness during autumn and as autumn progresses we finally reach freezing cold again in winter.

One whole year has passed and during it we got the opportunity to go from extreme to extreme, in a gentle, easy way. During the year we were allowed to go out and celebrate life and we were also motivated to stay indoors and engage with much need introspection. In between these two deeply different states, we had time to accept change and slowly accustom our bodies and minds to a new phase of life.

Unlike the gentle process of change that nature has wisely created, we are now all asked, all the time, to adapt to extreme situations extraordinarily rapidly and no matter what. The demands of modern life have become so insane and unrooted within the reality of being that we all are getting sicker and sicker. As times go faster and daily life becomes just a crazy, insanely full, unkind and disease catalyzer event, we become more and more impatience, aggressive, off-balance and unhappy. Because we live in a era of fastness we end up by wanting everything NOW!, not tomorrow, not next month or next year, but we want it NOW, and we can't wait for it. We get restless in all situations that require a little waiting: on the supermarket, at the bank, at work, with our friends, family and basically, everywhere and with everyone.