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Seeing Patience as the virtue made me immediately question myself: "Do I have patience?" I remembered that in my professional life in working with children, everyone tells me I have so much patience. Yet I was not so sure about my personal life.
That morning, while walking to the subway, I noticed how I wanted to walk even faster than my body was moving, so I could already be at the train. At that moment, I paid attention to the pace of my feet walking. Rather than trying to walk faster than all the other pedestrians, I simply allowed myself to walk. I noticed how blue the sky was and how the wind was blowing just enough to allow the leaves to fall from the tree in front of me. When I gave myself the opportunity to be patient, I saw the beauty and simplicity around me and, of course, I was right on time.
Thank you, Gurumayi, for your wisdom.
New York, USA
Each morning during the month of
, I have been waking with excitement to repeat and sit with the virtue of the day.
As I sit with
this morning, I feel this virtue reverberating within. I picture a mountain whose roots run deep, crown reaching heavenward. I see weather passing, moving against its surfaces, shaping it over a long time.
I see this mountain, majestic in all seasons and weather, through snow, lightning, the rushing waters of spring, and the golden reflection of sunshine and heat.
I imagine myself watching this mountain, walking and running its paths through the years, through everyday thoughts and events. I imagine that we become friends and share a deep connection because we will have known each other and recognized each other’s patience, over time.
New York, USA
In the early stages of
I prayed fervently to the Guru that she never lose patience with me, that she continually remind me of the teachings, and that she never give up on me!
Recently I was contemplating my experience that Gurumayi’s love and patience never wavers. I see how knowing her unconditional patience has taught me to practice tolerance and patience with others in my own life.
Recently my husband was teaching me how to do something on the computer. His knowledge in this area is vast, while mine is quite meager. Yet I found myself craning over his shoulder, saying, "Yes, yes, I understand…," as he patiently went through the details. Then, I suddenly saw myself—my body was tense, my breathing shallow. I wasn’t listening fully to what was being said. Seeing this, it was clear to me that if I wanted to learn this skill, I needed to practice patience.
This simple awareness softened me. I began to allow space for my husband’s words to land. My body relaxed, and I could breathe more deeply. I began to enjoy the learning, to appreciate and feel grateful to my husband for the care with which he was instructing me.
What power and love there is in this virtue!
When I contemplated the virtue of patience, I found that my trust in the teachings of our Guru helps me to be patient. Gurumayi has told us, "Have faith. Everything is all right.” When I align with this teaching, I can face the challenges before me with patience, and then they do not disturb my inner state.
Madhya Pradesh, India
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