“Patience is love. Patience is understanding. Patience is accepting that all things in the evolution of the soul are infinite existence of God. Patience is giving and receiving with love, living and believing in love.” Except from Chapter 1 – Love; Notebook #35 Page 15, LoveistheSeed.com
The Meaning of Patience
The meaning of patience in Spirit and as Soul is more than just that ‘thing’ that we try to have more of. Patience is connected to love, understanding, acceptance and faith. In this Earthly life, it comes into play when we want something and yet no control over the timing of it and/or no control over another. Patience comes into play when the present moment is not what we would like it to be.
We all would like to think of ourselves as patient. We all know that we should be more patient, yet in this current world of instant gratification and answers at our fingertips, patience is a quality that now takes more practice. It takes...work.
Patience can be something as simple as waiting in a store line with only one cashier and three people ahead of you with what looks to be their months-worth of groceries. And patience is as complex as a woman who desires so badly to have a child, yet after months or years of trying, has yet to conceive, or conceives and then loses the pregnancy, and wonders when her “time” will be. In both situations, it is the timing of the desired outcome that is unknown and that leaves us devoid of patience that we once had.
A Test of Faith
In the samples above, we must have faith. There must be faith that we will still be able to accomplish everything on our daily wish list despite having to wait in line, and for the woman, there must be faith that there is a "right timing" to conceive and an acceptance not knowing what that timing is.
So where does this leave us? Are we simply to surrender to this moment of feeling unfulfilled or angry or agitated? Well, yes — to some degree. If the circumstances presented are beyond our control, then we must find a way to accept it, or at least distract ourselves from the unfulfilled or agitated feelings that arise from the undesired present moment.
Patience as a Gift
When we run short on patience, negative emotions arise that in no way serve us. It is an opportunity though, a gift, to empower us to regain patience — to bring us back to that love, understanding and acceptance to which Spirit calls us back. When we are patient, there is a gentle stillness within that benefits our body and mind and benefits our direct surroundings. You will see this working in your life as it becomes easier to maintain patience.
Children are great gifts to help us practice. Whether they are 4 years old and insist on doing just one more thing before leaving the house — and that's after 15 minutes of trying to persuade them to put on their shoes, or whether they are 16 years old and have just done something completely against common sense, they are a gift because they allow us to practice patience, which serves us beyond our expectations when we give it a chance.
So, how then does one practice having more patience and begin to transform one’s life for the better?
“Patience, for all return to God.” – Except from Chapter 1 – Love; Notebook #35 Page 15, LoveistheSeed.com
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