Impatience, 9/12/16

When the mind voices impatience or the body betrays it, it can be helpful to ask the mind, "We're in a rush to get this over with so we can do what?" Typically the mind says, "So we can get onto the next thing to do". You then repeat the question. With each answer, keep asking, "Then what?" You come to see that the mind is in a rush to get to the end of this hour, this day,and by logical extension, to get to the end of the week, the end of the year... the end of life? As we rush, we have to remind ourselves that ultimately we are rushing toward the end of our life. Is that really what we want to do?

We also rush to get through tasks we consider boring or tedious, such as washing the dishes, so that we can get to the things we consider interesting or relaxing. when we learn to bring moment-to-moment mindfulness to all aspects of our life, then the activities we were in a hurry to finish become interesting.

Impatience is a form of anger, and underneath anger is fear. If fear can be named, you can begin to dissolve it. "What is the fear underlying impatience?

It is fear of there not being enough time. This is both an unrealistic and realistic fear. It is realistic because we never know when our life will end, and there are many things we want to experience before we die. Fear of not enough time is also unrealistic because time is the creation of our own mind. When we are able to quiet our mind, enter pure awareness, and match the flow of the events, TIME DISAPPEARS. The tranquility of the eternal opens, and we are at peace.

Excerpt from: How to Train a Wild Elephant, by Jan Chozen Bays