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.
The sea does not reward those who are too anxious, too greedy, or too impatient. One should lie empty, open, choiceless as a beach – waiting for a gift from the sea.
Anne Morrow Lindbergh, from Gift from the Sea.
Do you have the patience to wait until your mud settles and the water is clear?
Lao Tzu, Tao Te Ching
Nature does not hurry, yet everything is accomplished.
People wait for a multitude of things, from winning the lottery numbers to the perfect mate.
We are waiting for something to change outside ourselves that sweeps away the fear of taking a chance on something new.
When we wait, we are powerless.
When we wait, we are living in fear.
What are you waiting for? Why?
from Fearless Living by Rhonda Britten (about Rhonda Britten)
If you are always waiting to be, do, or have what you want, your energy becomes blocked. Your body may reflect this in excess weight or other physical problems. Express yourself directly. Set clear boundaries with other people and do what you need to do to take good care of yourself. Energy will then move freely through your body and this circulation will dissolve any excess weight. The more you are willing to be yourself, the less you’ll need to use food as a substitute nurturer. You will be receiving the natural nurturing of the universe.
from Reflections in the Light, by Shakti Gawain
In the depth of winter, I finally learned that within me there lay an invincible summer.
Let your hook be always cast; in the pool where you least expect it, there will be a fish.
Do not wait for leaders; do it alone, person to person.
Mother Teresa (1910-1997) Albanian missionary
Patience and perseverance have a magical effect before which difficulties disappear and obstacles vanish.
John Quincy Adams
An unhurried sense of time is in itself a form of wealth.
Sitting quietly, doing nothing, spring comes, and the grass grows by itself.
Zen proverb (see more Zen proverbs)
Time is a created thing. To say “I don't have time” is like saying, “I don’t want to”.
Do you have patience to wait till your mud settles and the water is clear? Can you remain unmoving till the right action arises by itself?
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