Patience can’t be acquired overnight. It is just like building up a muscle. Every day you need to work on it — Eknath Easwaran
Waiting is a strange Bardo or intermediate state. Every once in a while we are derailed from our usual activity and find ourselves forced to wait, maybe in a doctor’s office, a line, traffic or a bus stop. In my case, I’m slowly chugging into a large, shabby, satellite office of the Department of Motor Vehicles. Most people in my predicament at the DMV look worn down by the looming stretch of time they face. Some are prepared with books, others seek stimulation by dialing cell phones or checking the Internet. A few stare mournfully around the large, drab waiting room.
But the waiting room, is an opportunity to practice patience. [Read more…]