“Have patience with all things, but, first of all with yourself.” ~ Saint Francis de Sales
We have all heard the expression “Patience is a Virtue”. How do you practice patience? We have all encountered people who push their agenda onto us. Whether it’s a toddler, teenager, parent, customer, or co-worker, the list goes on and on.
How do you work with these people? Difficult people will constantly surround us and interfere with our work, perhaps delaying our projects to the point where we become disappointed because we can’t finish them. Even though we are disappointed, we must find a way to work through them.
One of my favorite calming methods to accessing my “inner patience” that I have found in my life experiences is to be mindful of my breathing. By being aware of how I am breathing, I am able to calm my mind and body within minutes, and breeze through life without investing a lot of unnecessary energy, or depleting my energy when my patience is being tested.
Instead of having people or unfilled events rob me of my peace, I decided to go inward and tap into my own resources to obtain tranquility.
I choose to not to beat myself up every time something doesn’t go right. Learning how to use my breath in a proactive way has saved me valuable time, and perhaps years off my life.
The mantra I use to calm myself down as I am breathing is as follows: As I breathe in, I focus on the word “happy”, and when I breathe out, I focus on the words “let go”. This may take minutes, or up to an hour depending on how aggravated or focused I am.
I choose not to allow negative encounters to ruffle my feathers!
It’s not always easy, and that is why we need to practice patience. We are constantly being tested, and while patience is a virtue, it takes on different meanings for each person.
We all have different and interesting life stories, and hopefully we have learned to listen to our bodies and heal ourselves from past pains and judgement.
Learning to honor our hearts, minds and bodies is all about being patient with ourselves. “Practice makes perfect”, another expression we have all heard. Practice patience starting with yourself, and then practice your breathing and just let go, life is too short to go on living in aggravation!
Look for my upcoming meditation classes starting in September. Come and learn how to breathe in a group setting. The support from the group is incredible. If you have questions, or comments, please leave a comment below.
About the writer: Robin Bornstein is a certified Reiki I and II, as well as a certified Kundalini Reiki I, II, and III practitioner. Robin has been practicing professional Reiki since 2014. She developed an interest in Reiki out of her own personal spiritual growth and development. She specializes in helping children and adults to find relief from stress and pain. If you want to learn more about Reiki healing, please call Robin at 508 359-6463 to schedule a free consultation.