Meditation for Busy People: Technique 4- Patience Meditation

This practice helps you to improve your patience through meditation. This technique needs five to ten minutes. You can practice it anywhere. Just sit in relax position. Breathe slowly. Gently close your eyes. Perform Aakash mudra.  Join the tip of the middle finger with the tip of the thumb, keeping the rest of the three fingers straight.Tip of middle finger (symbolized by Saturn) touches the tip of the thumb, giving patience.

Now start counting from 10 to 1, i.e. numbers in reverse order. It will calm your mind. You can count from any number but in reverse order slowly and gradually.

Patience is a wonderful measure against indiscretion, but it is also a means of encouragement. In Buddhist culture the word “equanimity” occurs frequently. Mindfulness is a steady and continuous yet a slow process. When you start practicing it and immediately expect the results, you may get disappointed and may stop the practice. But patience takes you slowly and gradually to the long way whatever you do. Mindfulness is a simple process.  As you know simple things are most of the time difficult to practice. You can improve your patience by several methods. Some tips are here:

  1. Try to keep noble silence for at least ten minutes every day.
  2. Try to reduce your time of watching TV.
  3. Try to sit for at least ten minutes with closed eyes.
  4. Try to sit with straight spine (There should not be any tension inyour neck) sit for at least ten minutes.

You can also find out your own innovative ways for improving your Patience.

Patience is the acceptance of truth. It is the willingness to see deeply, without resistance, the truth of the moment and the truth of the deepest levels of reality. This includes living in accord with the insight that at our core there is no self to build up, hang onto, or defend. Seeing the luminous emptiness at the center of all things means that you can begin to let go of grasping to a self-con-scious and fixed idea of who you are. This requires a kind of patience, because deep spiritual insight is an affront to the ego. Most of us orient our lives around a limited view of ourselves; it can be quite frightening to let this view go. The patient acceptance of truth that allows you to let go is a personal strength developed together with the strengths of virtue, discernment, wisdom, resolve and loving-kindness.

The ultimate perfection of patience does not come from endurance or a re-evaluation of a situation. Rather it comes from the absence of your habitual, automatic triggers and reactive hooks to the challenges of life. Fully mature patience is effortless; it is not a doing at all.

Since the ultimate patience is effortless, perhaps the opposite of impatience is not patience but rather contentment. By not chasing after the whims of the ego, you have the chance to discover a deep contentment that manifests in your life as great patience.


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