Patience is more than a virtue.
It’s a Superpower.
Patience is the master key that unlocks every problem.
Be like an old tree… Patiently enduring the winter snow and the April storms with peaceful confidence. Knowing with absolute certainty that summer will come and it’s flowers will bloom again.
Walking around blaming others isn’t as good as having a good laugh. Having a good laugh isn’t as good as simply going along with things.
Three Choices: Tragedy, Comedy, and Ignorance
Of the three, Ignorance is best.
Don’t be in a hurry to rid yourself of ignorance and simple mindedness in the hopes of attaining comfort and security.
All of the wonder that you long to return to about your childhood existed exactly because of your ignorance, simple mindedness, and dependance on others.
Revel in not knowing. Smile in the face of your troubles.
If you can do this, you can bring spring time into every moment.
Back when I was still bodybuilding, I got to a point where I had outgrown my home town gym. So, I decided to move to Dallas and level myself up by training in the midst of the pro’s.
In this new atmosphere, I put a lot of pressure on myself to have the best workouts of my life.
I took great care to make sure that I ate at the right times. I slept the perfect amount. I took all the right supplements…All so I could work out hard enough to grow new muscle.
In spite of all my effort, I started to consistently have poorer and poorer training sessions.
It wasn’t until I finally “gave up” that I started to set PR’s again.
When you strive for something, it seems to remain just out of reach.
When you know you can’t do it with effort alone, suddenly you find yourself exactly where you wanted to be.
When you frantically grab at your desires, you’re unconscioiusly expressing lack of faith in your ability to get there.
When you say to yourself, “who cares” you gain access to power.
Heroes and cowards feel the same fear. It’s how the hero responds that makes the difference.
All day long, we are all afraid and brave at the same time.
Let’s stop with the binary. Tough and tender co-exist.
‘When you feel like you’re walking down the street naked, you’re probably starting to get it right.” -Brene Brown
We spend so much time thinking about ways of avoiding pain.
The paradox is, the very act of avoiding pain IS our primary pain.
When instead you lean in to pain, magic happens.
A quote by Terence McKenna beautifully sums it up:
“Nature loves courage. You make the commitment and nature will respond to that commitment by removing impossible obstacles. Dream the impossible dream and the world will not grind you under, it will lift you up. This is the trick. This is what all these teachers and philosophers who really counted, who really touched the alchemical gold, this is what they understood. This is the shamanic dance in the waterfall. This is how magic is done. By hurling yourself into the abyss and discovering it’s a feather bed.”
Instead of being a business person, be an artist.
Instead of selling stuff, spread ideas.
Instead of amusing a million, delight ten thousand. (Delight yourself, first)
Instead of trying to please your mother in-law, actively seek criticism from those that don’t get the joke.
Instead of being in the middle, be way out on the edge.
Instead of sanding the edges off, just “ship it”.
The student comes to the master with a problem.
The master says something like, “Oh, your realization is far from perfect. Practice meditation three hours a day, and spend the rest of your time reading scriptures.”
The student proceeds with his instruction.
Every so often he meets again with the master, feeling that his efforts have lead him to the final, unsurpassed realization.
The master never agrees that the student has it.
So long as the student agrees with the master that he does not “have it”, he deserves to go round and round in this revolving door.
One day, the student becomes so fed up with this that he gives up.
And in that moment, he truly has it.
The truth is, he had it all along.
1. Be with your breath. Always come back to it.
2. Turn and face your fear the moment it shows it’s face. In fact, welcome it with open arms. (The thief in the night may just be emptying your storehouse to make room for greater treasures)
3. Feel, Don’t Think. -Bruce Lee
4. Be resolute, but don’t rush.
5. Practice continuous gratitude.
6. Practice continuous forgiveness. (Forgive without limitations or conditions)
7. Vibrate on the frequency of the thing that you desire. (Feel in your body like you already have it)
8. Give yourself permission to make mistakes. (Embrace the messy work of creativity)
9. Make lists of everything. List your goals. List how you’re going to get there. List your daily insights and “aha” moments. Write it all down so you can assimilate your life lessons, concretely. That way you don’t have to constantly retread over conquered ground.
When I was a child, I couldn’t wait for knowledge and skill.
I was in a rush to gain affluence. To uncover the secrets of my unconscious. To learn and develop articulation.
Now I’m in a hurry to unlearn. To get back to a state of mindlessness.
I was so much sharper when I was dull.
The more I “know”, the more I limit myself to what can be known. What can be conceptualized and put into words.
The more I unlearn, the more I return to direct intuitive innocence.