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Patience, The Art of Intelligent Waiting

Man Waiting in Traffic

“The greatest ideas in history often came to light in sudden bursts of inspiration. Then patience prepared them for the world.”

Patience through Inner Ease

Even individuals who meditate and use heart tools still may experience some impatience, but these are practices that can diminish our impatience to a mild or hardly perceptible feeling that we can simply acknowledge and let go.

A primary goal of such practices should be to access your personal space of inner ease, where choosing not to be impatient comes more naturally and quickly.

“The state of ease is a refuge,” HeartMath’s Doc Childre writes in his booklet, The State of Ease, “a refuge for action in our hearts and minds. In ease, instead of reacting in the same old ways to the stresses and challenges of our harried world, we can take a little time to connect with the qualities of our hearts – love, care and compassion – and our hearts’ wisdom.” (Go to The State of Ease to download a free copy of the e-booklet.)

The state of ease can be achieved within minutes with HeartMath’s Inner-Ease® Technique any time you feel at risk or are in the grip of impatience. When you practice Inner-Ease on a regular basis, you can add more flow to your life and greatly reduce episodes of impatience.

Developing Patience (Adapted from the Inner-Ease Technique.)

  • If you are feeling impatient, acknowledge your feelings as soon as you sense that you are out of sync – experiencing feelings such as impatience, frustration, anxiety, being judgmental or mental gridlock.
  • Take a short time-out to do heart-focused breathing: breathe a little slower than usual, and imagine you are breathing through your heart or chest area.
  • As you do heart-focused breathing, imagine with each breath that you are drawing in feelings of patience and inner ease.
  • Anchor these feelings of patience and inner peace in your heart. Do this throughout your daily tasks, interactions and challenges.

Man MeditatingRemember, the presence of sincere patience means the absence of so many byproducts of impatience: negative emotions like anger, disappointment, frustration and blame among others. Rather than draining yourself and creating negative energy, you can increase your energy and resilience. Sincere patience means approaching situations with a positive attitude, care, understanding and genuine allowance.

The long lines at the store, traffic jams and slow computers won’t instantly disappear as you practice Inner Ease. However, the state of inner ease helps us attune our mental and emotional nature to the most reasonable and effective way for responding to each situation that life brings us.

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Sara Childre is President and CEO of the non-profit Institute of HeartMath. Since 1991, Sara has helped oversee and develop HeartMath trainings, educational products and scientific programs. She was appointed vice president and CFO of the institute in 1992, then president and CEO in 1998.

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12:49PM PDT on May 14, 2014

I've finally learned that when something isn't coming together as quickly as I had thought it would or would like it to, it means either there's something better coming; I'm not meant to do what I thought I was; or the plans needs to be reworked in a better format. Before I'd wear myself out swimming upstream trying to force things. Not anymore.

12:32PM PST on Jan 3, 2014

Thanks

2:55AM PST on Dec 30, 2013

Thanks for the info.

11:45AM PST on Nov 30, 2013

Sound advice!

8:24AM PDT on Oct 13, 2013

Good things come to those who wait....

12:53AM PDT on Sep 8, 2013

Thanks for sharing

10:13PM PDT on Sep 1, 2013

thanks

12:27PM PDT on Jul 31, 2013

Thank you for sharing.

5:35AM PDT on Jul 18, 2013

A little patience goes a long way. Thanks for sharing!

2:35PM PDT on Jul 13, 2013

cool

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