pa·tience | [pey-shuhns] | noun

synonyms: bearing, calmness, composure, cool, diligence, endurance, fortitude, perseverance, poise, tolerance, yielding

If I have ever made any valuable discoveries, it has been owing more to patient attention than to any other talent. – Isaac Newton

I approach my classes with the word “patience” with a bit of trepidation. I know that my students prefer “hard core…”, yet I organize slow, controlled playlists, and enhanced breathing drills; I even plan to speak more slowly.

In one class I announced “the word this week is Patience”, and one student stood up and shouted “OH GOD!??!!”… to which we all laughed… and then hunkered down for a tough workout.

There art two cardinal sins from which all others spring: Impatience and Laziness. – Franz Kafka

With this, I recognized that the only potential for my students to LIVE the word of the week, is to believe in it… to take a true inventory of themselves, and chose to meditate and absorb.

Last week, I merely planted seeds for my Patience. When my microphone didn’t work and I had a room full of people staring at me, I took a deep breath and continued to troubleshoot. When my computer shut down in the middle of booking an airline ticket, I calmly started over. When my IT bands seized up, and I had to end my run early, I went home to rest and stretch.

I realized, though, with each test, I needed to reset and reformat my thought process. It would have been so easy to rage. My first instinct was always to get angry.

I hope that we will all benefit from another week of Patience. I know I will. Keep Calm, and Carry On.

We could never learn to be brave and patient if there were only joy in the world. – Helen Keller

Philosophy In Action

Try a new form of expression this week. Perhaps you'll start to learn a new language, take  ballroom dancing or a surfing lesson. Notice how important patience is when trying something new. Enjoy the moment regardless of the outcome.

Mind Games: Your Weekly Mantra

For the second week, week your mantra is a sound, rather than words.  When you need to cultivate more patience, exhale, audibly, slowly, completely.

Color Your World

Cerulean, a poised shade of blue, can be used when seeking harmony in your environment

Chakra Therapy

The throat chakra is an energy center though which you can express yourself through non-verbal communication as well as verbal. Be patient with your body as it lets go of built up tension through expressive activities such as dancing, surfing or yoga. Inhale and exhale deeply to help balance this chakra.

Sole Training

As we mentally prepare for a barefoot run, we don't always take the time to properly warm up our feet.  Have the patience to circulate your toes, mid-foot, and ankle. These few precious minutes can make the difference between efficiency and potential injury.

Higher Education

In Patience: The Art of Peaceful Living, Allan Lokos explains how to practice, develop and build patience amidst life's emotional ups and downs. Listen to this audio-clip posted by NPR - do you have 16 minutes to quietly sit and enrich yourself?

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