day thirteen: perspective on patience

“Generally speaking, we regard discomfort in any form as bad news. But for practitioners or spiritual warriors – people who have a certain hunger to know what is true – feelings like disappointment, embarrassment, irritation, resentment,anger, jealousy, and fear, instead of being bad news, are actually very clear moments that teach us where it is that we’re holding back. They teach us to perk up and lean in when we feel we’d rather collapse and back away. They’re like messengers that show us, with terrifying clarity, exactly where we’re stuck. This very moment is the perfect teacher,and, lucky for us, it’s with us wherever we are.”

-From “When things fall apart” by Pema Chodron

 

Today is day thirteen in my 31 days of patience series. For all posts in this series, click here.

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