Energy of Image
She sits on the edge of the canyon, hands out, ready to receive guidance for the next steps on her life’s path. The hawk serves as a messenger, reminding her to be patient for what will fuel the next phase of her journey.
“When I run after what I think I want, my days are a furnace of stress and anxiety; if I sit in my own place of patience, what I need flows to me and without pain. From this I understand that what I want also wants me, is looking for me and attracting me. There is a great secret here for anyone who can grasp it.”--Rumi
Our culture has conditioned us to run after whatever it is we desire; to push, to force, to do more to achieve all of our hopes and dreams. While there is a time and a place for aligned effort, there is also a time and a place for patience and receptivity. We may get frustrated if all that we hope for is not coming to fruition. We see others achieving it all in what appears to be a seamless fashion. Life will teach us time and time again that this forced doing is not the place from which our joy springs. Our joy comes from aligning our hearts, minds and spirits with where life wishes to lead us without resistance. Instead of questioning every little whisper and nudge we receive, we listen and then act. In this place of receptivity and willingness, life begins to flow more easily, joyfully, abundantly. We trust and we allow.
Spiritual Practice: Time in Nature
Nature is perhaps our greatest teacher. She changes seasons without effort. Winter becomes spring, spring becomes summer, summer becomes fall and the cycle repeats itself year after year. The flowers don’t need to be told when to blossom, they just know internally when the time is right. The birds who need to fly south for the winter do so. The trees lose their leaves in just perfect timing. There is a time to rest and wait and there is a time to take action. There is an ebb and a flow to life. Yes, we can push against this and effort until our hearts are content, but how does that feel? Is it joyful, easy, in flow? How about surrendering to the flow of life, allowing each day to guide you with inspired action. Get out into nature today and pay attention to her rhythms and patterns. See if there is one small pattern you can change in your life that reflects nature and her divine flow and patience.
Patience Has Been My Greatest Teacher
I admit, patience (with myself), has never been my strong suit. I have always felt like there was weakness in waiting, that doing was far superior and would take me much further down my life path and toward my dreams. Over the last 9 years of my life (basically since having children), I’ve really had to learn patience. Prior to children, I was an incredibly driven, type A type personality, always striving to achieve my next goal. When I was laid off from my job in 2011, all of these visions I had of myself came to an abrupt halt. I knew I no longer wanted to continue on my same job trajectory, but what I wanted felt way too big and scary to achieve. I knew I wanted to have my own business, to help people heal and live their fullest lives, but I had no idea how to go about it. This was further complicated by the fact that I had a toddler and a baby on the way.
Over the years to follow, I beat myself into a pulp more times than I like to recollect over what I was NOT achieving in the world. I had oodles of self doubt, but I knew there was a different path for me. What I was achieving was far more significant and profound than anything I could have added to my resume in the job world. I was healing and growing and having the opportunity to stay at home with my two boys. I had to learn to have patience with myself as I figured myself out and found my way. I had to be patient with myself as I healed my core wounds and learned to love and embrace my differences. I had to be patient with myself as I stumbled through motherhood, making so many mistakes, but treasuring the time and opportunity to be at home for these precious early years.
This need to embrace patience continues every day for me. I tend to want immediate answers and results, but that is not how the universe operates. As I learn to have more patience with myself, this patience translates to into how I treat the people in my life, how I interpret world events and how I navigate my fledgling business. One day at a time, one step at a time, one breath at a time. I am figuring it out. And I keep praying for patience, each and every day.
I trust that I am exactly where I need to be. I have patience with myself and my journey as I allow life to show me the way. I wait for divine guidance to lead me toward aligned action.