“Patience is the voluntary and prolonged endurance of arduous
and difficult things for the sake of virtue or profit.” – Cicero

How often have we heard others complaining about not having enough patience? What about yourself? Taking an honest look at the areas of our life where we lack resolve and determination can be likened to facing a nasty demon of sorts, but to slay the dragon we may need the full armour of patience. The objective in my video talk above is to convey the importance and necessity of this virtue; a skill that enables the full reach of our strengths. To compliment this introspective & educational presentation, I’ve included a very challenging yet practical exercise to help strengthen the muscle of patience.

Love & light,




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18 Responses to ON PATIENCE

  1. zennfish says:

    That exercise is a lot more challenging than it sounds but would love to give it a try any opportunity i get over the next week!

  2. Very nice 🙂
    We live in a time where impatience in the form of restlessness, superficiality, abruptness and sensuality challenges the virtue of patience more than perhaps in any earlier time in history.

    As you so nicely state listening is a very good tool.
    I also find encompassing and observing closely related to your exercise and of similar value in cultivating patience. Is that also your experience my friend?

    Particularly in these times I would like to mention the beauty of abstaining from screens and any online activity for a whole day or big parts of the day as a conscious act of cultivating patience.

    Thank you for reminding me!

    • We certainly live in a mysteries age. “It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness.” – Charles Dickens

      Encompassing and observing are very nice concepts to be associated to listening & cultivating patience. To answer your question head on, perhaps the key word that would represent my experience is empathy, as in empathic listening.

      Your suggestion to take breaks from the internet is definitely a practical one.

      Thank you so much for your thoughtful remarks Andreas, I appreciate your perspective and wisdom.

  3. inesephoto says:

    Thank you Jason, I will do your exercise today. It is a serious exercise, and I know it will do me a lot of good. Sometimes we mistakenly think that we are patient – because we use the wrong tests 🙂
    Wishing you a peaceful Christmas!

    • Wonderful perspective & a very happy Christmas to you!

      To be adaptable, flexible and open to new ideas can lead to interesting insights after all. The exercise may prove to be more challenging than you think in the beginning. Mind you finding the right time to apply this method of orientation requires circumspection. There are occasions when it is more fitting to guide and/or instruct, but in the span of a day opportunity ought to present itself here and there, after all you don’t strike me as a hermit type. Listening to another’s silence also counts. Awaiting your report with patient anticipation.

      • inesephoto says:

        Done 🙂 I visited a friend and was mostly listening. Not for 20 minutes though. I kept forgetting about the exercise, but every time I remembered, I watched the clock on the wall in front of me. Positive about 10 minutes, may be longer. Next time I will do better 🙂

      • Awesome! I admire your willingness to try new things. You don’t suppose the exercise is too complicated? As though you are multitasking? If so, it may help to simplify. Maybe just focus more on understanding the other person. That is soak up what they are communicating both in body and word. If you’re staring off into space then you’re going to miss the subtle cues of body language. Should you find yourself disassociating in any way then you’re probably trying too hard. Remember when you first learned to drive a vehicle? Everything felt like a distraction while you tried to concentrate on driving. The same applies to learning new skills. We have a tendency to grip the steering wheel with too much tension. Relax, you’ll get the hang of it with practice. xoxo

      • inesephoto says:

        You are right. I will relax when we chat next time. I did watch her body language though. The only thing I did’t do was waiting 20 min before contributing to the conversation 😀

      • My apologies for the misunderstanding. The idea was to avoid controlling the conversation, not to be silently submissive for 20 minutes. By all means contribute, stand on your head or remove the roof of your car and let your hair blow in the wind! =)

      • inesephoto says:

        Haha, I have learned a lot, anyway. You always learn something when you don’t rush with your contributions 🙂

      • Ain’t that the truth! 😉

  4. Hi Jason, best wishes for this time of year and for 2019! Phil

  5. kanewischer says:

    Jason – Really enjoyed your thoughts on patience. It is not an easy virtue. I am going to try the conversation challenge. I don’t know if you have noticed this with yourself; but, I tend to have areas in my life where I have lots of patience and others where it is a challenge. -Jill

    • There are things in this world that we may never come to tolerate completely but if patience can help us to reduce the anguish such things stir within us, then we are that much better off it seems. Cultivating patience in one area can help us to endure difficulties in other facets of life. Perhaps it is to our advantage to find an activity or practice that can grant us the greatest resolve to face whatever storms come our way.

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