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O.H.M.#35 - Patience, Excerpt from The Wisdom Deck Book by Elizabeth Gosselin

By Charlene Lowe

MON AUG 09, 2021

O.H.M. is the acronym for Overtures Honoring Mindfulness, a collection of the written word that speaks to my heart, mind & soul.

Patience

Khanti

Patience is not mindlessly enduring;

it is the gentle application of steady perseverance.

Patience comes from inner strength and consistency.

When we hold difficult times as opportunities we can build capacity for deep patience.

Patience has a character of acceptance. The activity of patience is to meet

and be with the desirable and undesirable.

Patience is taking wise action in what we value,

it is not resignation or fear or collapse or giving up.

Patience is firm and stead in the face of uncertainty or undesirable situations.

When we have patience we do not shrink or in defeat struggle or fight, for opposition is delusion.

*****

Mantra

When I let go of having or wanting things a particular way,

I find the freedom of practicing patience and trusting life.

I find my inner patient self when I notice an impulse to react

and instead I relax into acceptance and kindness.

I accept what is happening right now and refrain from unskillful acts.

I maintain steady perseverance despite what I perceive as difficulty.