(My) Secret

The two hardest tests on the spiritual road are the patience to wait for the right moment and the courage not to be disappointed with what we encounter-

*I’m writing with a broad perspective this morning. I do so because I may have unearthed a major obstacle along my path in life and maybe along your path as well … *

Quick question: What does it truly mean to be patient as defined by you, not defined by a self-help book, nor by a friend or coach – You?

In the still, frigid morning light, I tried to untangle the meaning of patience and its assorted complexities. What does it mean to find peace in the very moments that intrinsically seem to bring frustration to me? To show compassion to other drivers on the road who are in more of a hurry than I am? How does it feel when we stop rushing towards an unknown future,instead, turning our appreciation to life unfolding in front of our very eyes?

Impatience, is not a part of myself I’m particularly proud of. I am far more patient with the many inspiring people in my life, than I am with my own self. It takes far too much effort and energy to have patience with my broken down body, to forgive myself for all the ways I am not perfect and believe me, there are many painful war stories to tell – figuratively and literally. Little do those stories matter, my insatiable thirst for instant gratification dictates otherwise.

Patience is a far more difficult than searching for polysyllabic words to describe how I am feeling this morning. Simply, patience is my kryptonite against the irrational demands I place upon myself, each and every day.

Daily Meditation:

I haven’t been patient enough with my blogging thing recently as I have been in the past. I need to step back, step back to listen to the warmth in my heart, that so very often gets rushed and misplaced due to my need to post as often as I do.

I am working on many exciting and cool “things” I believe you will find useful, not only on the mat or out on the trail, but rather more importantly This “thing” called life.

CultFit Patience

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21 Comments on “(My) Secret”

  1. katelon says:

    I admire you for being able to write daily! As you might have noticed, my blog entries are sporadic, but I only do it when I”m inspired to do so, and I write in so many places.

    I can physically feel when I’m being patient as it is about bringing my energy back into my heart and center. It is quieter, too, when I drop back into the stillness rather than reacting to something outside myself or my judgement of that happening or “not” happening.

    • CultFit says:

      What’s been bugging me recently while writing is that some of these conversations are rather in-depth and require a little bit of time on my readers part, to digest. In my quest to be pithy and up front, I feel the very underlying message is being lost.

      I’m testing my patience recently trying to make these posts dense with meaning, and quite honestly – I’m often leaving out the most important bits and pieces. Like this post about patience. Patience above all us, will lead us to a happier life, although that’s not how we are “programmed” to think in today’s world. Seriously, who wants to talk about patience in a new relationship, taking care of our bodies or excelling in any given activity? Folks today care little about patience and its profound effect on our lives, instead, (myself included) we want everything – Now. Which frustrates the living hell out of me.

    • katelon says:

      I understand…and…for me, I wouldn’t use the word patience..although perhaps patience is part of it. For me…the issue is depth, or lack of it. I am presently staying with a man who will interrupt what I am saying, go off on it, often loudly, when i hadn’t even gotten to my point, so his reaction or response has nothing to do with what I am attempting to say, as he hasn’t allowed me to speak in depth or to the fullness. I find people do that in reading an email or blog post as well. Rather than taking the time to read something fully they are off and running about one sentence.

      I know as a writer and speaker that it is important to get to the point, but for me, that point has so many nuances to it, so many fuller notes and shades. But with the hurry up tweet mode of conversation these days, it seems that people not only want it in one sentence but i doubt they even take the time to take that one sentence in fully.

      I know I could grow my blog readership but subscribing to more blogs but I don’t have the time to read all those blogs. So I focus on yours and a few others that bring my life meaning, ones that i can engage more deeply with, rather than superficially interacting with many of them.

      Savoring something or someone seems to be lost these days huh?!

  2. Life gets in the way sometimes! It’s ok to be impatient sometimes, too.

    • CultFit says:

      Amen! Many “things” have been testing me recently and I feel what I am experiencing now is quite beneficial. I’m experiencing that winter itch to break free, to head outdoors to the places I love, the places that nurture my being. In the past, I would be out there already, tearing up my body before injuries and surgeries healed. Self awareness can be a pain in the a$$ at times. ;)

      I sincerely hope you stick around through the Spring and the rest of the year. I’ll be out exploring new trails, making new friends and sharing these experiences with you. Take care and please be well!

  3. This is a beautiful photo. These days I’m working on slowing down. Even if it’s just walking slower. Not always being in such a rush.

    • CultFit says:

      My friend, you have hit the nail on the proverbial head! Slowing down and patience, do not slide on a linear scale. Its when they fall into balance though, during a morning walk, taking notice of this amazing world around us, a breeze on our skin that awakens a smile on our face. The sight of something simple, yet profound … Now you know why I love walking so much!

      Be inspired this morning and thank you for your continued support. :)

  4. Man can I ever relate to this one. Patience is something I’ve had to really work on. My impatience causes my loved ones to shut down sometimes. My mantra is “slow down and breathe.” It helps me stay in the moment and just be present.

    • CultFit says:

      Its interesting to think about how impatient we become trying to work on being, patient? As you know, i’m big into walking and getting outdoors – returning to my breath when “things” get tough.
      Its always a pleasure hearing your thoughts, take care this morning!

    • I recently saw something that spoke to me. The reference is biblical so I know not everyone will relate the same way I did.
      Joseph waited 13 years.
      Abraham waited 25 years.
      Moses waited 40 years.
      Jesus waited 30 years.
      If God is making you wait, you’re in good company.

      Puts things in proper perspective and alignment for me.

  5. bgddyjim says:

    Buddy of mine asked me one time, “would you let someone els treat you like you do? Of course you wouldn’t. You’d kick their @$$”.

    Still brings a smile to my face every time I remember that. Thanks brother.

  6. binvested says:

    I’m recalling my marathon meditation right now…be here in this perfect moment. Thankyou for your insightful words★★★★★!!!!!

    • CultFit says:

      Such a beautiful and inspiring mindset to return to during a marathon, to rest your soul in when the miles start adding up and wearing on … Awesome!!!

  7. bekahbeemays says:

    I’ve been thinking about this, too, so this post is timely. Nietzsche said it really well in this quote:

    “The essential thing ‘in heaven and earth’ is that there should be a long obedience in the same direction; there thereby results, and has always resulted in the long run, something which has made life worth living.”

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  9. chirose says:

    Great post.! Thank you for the follow :)