Anyone who knows me well knows that I am not a naturally patient person. It’s a quality that I have tried to cultivate through my yoga practice and, for the most part, I have become more patient than I used to be. The exceptions are when I’m driving or when politics are an issue. Clearly, I have more work to do.
Our asana, or physical practice, can teach us patience through working with our least favorite poses. That may sound odd, but usually we don’t like and we avoid poses that are physically or mentally challenging for us. For me, those poses are arm balances and revolved poses. For my students, those poses often involve balance.
We need to work on what we find difficult. When we can learn to be patient and forgiving with ourselves in poses that are challenging, we can let go of the need to be “perfect” in the pose and meet our bodies where they are. When we learn to be patient with ourselves, we can more readily be patient with others.
How will you put patience into practice today?