‘Perseverance isn’t learned in safety.’ -Pema Chodron

Spring tests my patience. Every single year. Particularly right here in Colorado, as the weather whips backward and forward in between snow and sun, and as calm mornings provide way to blustery afternoons, my perseverance is tried every spring. I end up being distressed for warmer, more steady weather condition.

Every spring, I’m reminded when again that I’m not in control. Perseverance is the only means through.

We people, however, don’t find out perseverance the simple means. We don’t discover patience when things are going our means. Rather, we find out patience when we’re tested, and when we finally have to accept that we can’t control the world.

Patience in the modern world

If our forefathers can see us now, they may laugh. We get irritated when it takes more than three seconds for a web page to load. We’ve heart palpitations when we cannot get a cordless signal.

I try to imagine what it was like to wait weeks or months for a letter to show up in the mail from a faraway buddy– but with the immediate feedback I can survive e-mail, I simply cannot wrap my head around that.

We’re so ruined today, and yet we are more impatient than ever.

Patience is a virtue … that some individuals do not possess

For a Type-A overachiever like me, persistence does not come without a lot of deep breathing, yoga, reflection and critical new-age music. I’ve to actively remind myself to exercise perseverance.

When I feel myself getting impatient, I initially ask myself, Is this scenario within my control?

  • If the answer is yes, then I actively try to alter the circumstance so it’s less stressful for me.
  • If the answer is no, and I can not seem to let the tension go, I move on to a breathing meditation like the following.

Breath of Patience

1. Settle into a comfortable seated position and close your eyes. Rest your hands gently on the tops of your thighs.

2. Take a deep breath in through your nose. Envision the breath reaches all the means to the base of your spine. Let your belly broaden with breath.

3. Breathe out through your nose.

4. Take another deep breath. Again let it reach all the means to the base of your spinal column. This time, however, imagine once it strikes the base of your spine, it bounces up a little bit and reaches the point between your pelvis and your belly button.

5. Breathe out with your nose.

6. Take another deep breath. This time the breath hits the bottom and bounces up over your belly button.

7. Breathe out through your nose.

8. Take a last deep breath. Envision it hits the base of your spinal column and bounces all the method approximately your heart. Now your whole upper body is fulled of that invigorating breath.

9. Breathe out with your nose.

10. Open your eyes and return to the world renewed.

This breathing meditation has two huge benefits. First, the effort it takes to envision your breath this way will certainly force you to focus on the moment. Second, deep breathing is proven to reduce stress. Increasing focus and lowering stress are secrets to enhancing patience.

Why should you care about improving your patience? Do a Google search for “meaning of perseverance” and you’ll check out: The capability to accept or endure delay, trouble or suffering without getting angry or upset. This instant-gratification world we stay in is making us even more vulnerable to stress when there’s hold-up, difficulty or suffering. Improving your patience will certainly lower your stress, enhance your assurance and improve your life.