The 52: Lesson 17 – Practice a Little Patience!



Patience is the companion of wisdom.

Thus spoke Saint Augustine, the Roman Catholic saint and poet, during the 1800’s.  Perennial wisdom does not change with time. Patience, it is said, is a virtue.

Most of my life, I have not been a very patient person.  I wanted things done yesterday.  I suffered because of my lack of patience and my thinking that, by doing more and more, I could speed up time and make things happen faster.  What I accomplished was a perpetual sense of frustration and a loss of living in the present moment.  I was impatient for something to happen in the future. I am happier now as I learn to embrace the gift of patience.  It is an important step..

Take to heart the first quote and these:  The Buddhist philosopher, Dr. Daisaku Ikeda, said this:

With love and patience, nothing is impossible.

Thomas Henry Huxley, the botanist, wrote:

Patience and tenacity of purpose are worth more than twice their weight of cleverness.



It may seem ironic that patience plays such a big role in success.  Remember the story of the tortoise and the hare?  Sometimes moving along at a comfortable pace is better than racing wildly.  Action does not necessarily mean “right” action.  And when you are patient in your endeavors, you save yourself all the anxiety that comes with impatience.  You enjoy a modicum  of steadiness and peace while pressing forward.  You are okay just as you are, even while pursuing goals and dreams.  You let go and surrender the fruits of your labor in honoring the “now.”  This is a whole lot easier than going crazy with fear.  It is fear, in so many ways, that brings on impatience.  If it is time you are worrying about, just forget it. We yogis say time doesn’t exist anyway, but you don’t need to take my word for it.

I promised that these lessons would guide you to a life that is lighter, happier and more loving.  Sometimes we should focus on just resting with an idea, like a sense of gratitude for all that is so abundantly given to you — the sunshine, food, family, friends, the birds in the trees. Other lessons may ask you to take action, like monitoring your thoughts or checking how you are breathing or spending some time in silence or meditation.  Yet there is a commonality in all of this: It is to be patient and love yourselves where ever you are at this moment.  To love yourself, right NOW!

  • When you find yourself impatient to see change, to have an accomplishment, or to change yourself, stop for a moment.  Rest where you are. Decide to see yourself as in the right place at the right time.  You might say to yourself — No rush.  Everything is unfolding in perfect timing.  Breathe and relax, even when you look at that list of goals you may have right in front of your eyes.
  • See yourself with loving and nurturing eyes, as if you could stand witness and view your body and your mind resting calmly and patiently.
  • All in good time, you might say to yourself.
  • What’s my hurry?  Especially if life is eternal.
  • Smile at your impatience.  Lighten up.  You’ll get there when the time is right.

We are not here, in this life, to be tortured with a sense of impatience or to believe that, once we have that “thing” we are impatient to achieve or experience, that then, only then, we will be okay.  You are okay right now.  No waiting!

With love and namaste, Deanne

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About deannemincer

Deanne Mincer has been a long time student of religious and spiritual studies. For many years, she was a practitioner of yoga and in the late 1980's she was drawn to share her enthusiasm by becoming a yoga teacher. Her certification, from the Himalayan Institute, was a comprehensive two year program including the study of anatomy, diet, nutrition, Ayurvedic medical practices, the methods of teaching hatha yoga, the science of breath and the study of raja (the royal path of yoga) philosophy. She has taught yoga, meditation, and spiritual classes for more than twenty years. In the mid 1990's she became a follower of Siddha Yoga where she experienced a spiritual awakening called shaktipat and her teachings took on a new and freshly informed understanding. As Deanne continued her studies, she learned level one in Reiki and also sutdied with Henry Grayson, Ph.D. where she refined her work with muscle testing and the complex of energy healing methods Dr. Grayson has developed for use with his patients. Dr. Grayson's work is illuminated in his books, Mindful Loving and Use Your Body to Heal Your Mind. Deanne teaches group and private classes in yoga as well as stress reduction programs and meditation in many forms (sitting, walking, whirling, meditation in action, and "sleeping" meditation called yoga nidra). She has developed methods of using yoga in treating those with life threatening diseases as in the programs she designed for Gilda's Club and Friends in Deed in New York City. She was a consulting producer on an alternative health program for CNBC's Alive and Wellness, and she has demonstrated yoga on network television. Deanne created the audio DC, Inner Light Yoga with Deanne Mincer and she has spoken widely and demonstrated meditation in many venues. Deanne is an enthusiastic and joyful teacher. She is known for the keen interest she takes in her students' physical and spiritual development. She stresses that each student should work at their own pace in a non-competitive and caring environment. You can read some of the comments her students have shared in the Tesimonials Section of this site. Her teaching is grounded in her own steadfast spiritual awareness - that each of us is a being of eternal light and love and that we can all come to knowing this truth for ourselves. She is eager to help guide you on this joyful path of body, mind, breath and spirit.

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