The capacity to accept or tolerate delay, trouble, or suffering without getting angry or upset.
In a world of instant gratification, the art of patience has been lost. In the age of google, amazon same day delivery, and fast food the idea of waiting doesn’t sit well with most. This fast pace is just a default setting in many minds.
Patience doesn’t have a glamorous sparkle, it feels like it belongs to the past, old fashioned.
Back to the time of saving pocket money for something we want, waiting for that family holiday or that event on the calendar. 'Good things come to those who wait' is a whisper from the past.
There is something to be said about being content and happy with what we have and our lives, but the key to life is balance. There is still a place for impatience in our lives. It is that strong fear of missing out, that jaw-clenching, teeth grinding frustration that can put in motion a constant desire to be more, to see more, to have more. It is this positive entrepreneurial trait that causes one's willingness to take risks and to leap into the unknown.
The key to life is balance.
Yoga is an opportunity to see the art of patience in practice. The process of opening up, of understanding yourself, and becoming more flexible in your mind and your body can not be rushed, it can not be bought. Yoga is about being in the moment, focusing on your breath and this practice will transfer into your life off the mat. You can cultivate the tools to develop your self criticism, frustration and lack of willpower into a strong focus and ability to move through life with mindfulness.