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Patience

Dr. Jon Kabat Zinn | 2:05

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I don't know if you've noticed this, but a lot of times, I find that I'm impatient to get to the next important thing happening. And so missing the present moment because of my impatience, so to actually intentionally cultivate patience, and a kind of recognition that things unfold in their own way, and that in some profound way, things cannot be hurried. 


So when we're always rushing to get someplace else, the byproduct of that is that we're never where we actually are, which is a tremendous sadness and a tremendous loss. Sometimes we're impatient with other people. Sometimes we're impatient at work, sometimes we're impatient to get things done. 


But this wisdom of patience is something that is also profoundly healing and restorative, and is akin to recognizing as some children don't, when they, for instance, tried to make the butterfly come out before its time from the chrysalis that certain things can't be hurried, but things do unfold in their own time. 


So if we actually learn to be patient with ourselves, then we're inhabiting the present moment in ways that have great comfort and great profundity of have both acceptance and wisdom associated with them.


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