Patience

The Mindful Enthusiast pages are designed to curate resources regarding elements of mindfulness from the far reaches of the internet.  Each page will include some of my reflections on meditation and evaluation, as well as some reading suggestions and activities to help get folks started.  The plan is to have these pages grow and evolve – like a meditation practice itself.

“Rivers know this: there is no hurry. We shall get there some day.”
― A.A. Milne

I am a notoriously bad line-waiter.  I eye up every (perceived) potential rule-breaker and line-jumper, whispering under my breath, I look around sure I can fix the problem and get things moving.  Since I started meditating I’ve started noticing these thoughts and behaviors and have started focusing on my breath.  Inhale.  Exhale.  Inhale. Exhaaaaaale.  Slowly (and not always) waiting because less of an inconvenience and more of an opportunity to be present.  I mean, I have to wait there anyway, why not make it a neutral or pleasant experience?

“The reward of patience is patience.”
– Anonymous

How has this helped me as an evaluator and researcher?

How many times have I been frustrated over a spreadsheet or where I left off entering data or where in the world is that literature review table I spent hours creating.  Patience has help me slow down and have the time to think.  Or the awareness to pack it in for the moment and start fresh later.  Patience gives us the perspective we need to get creative and solve the problem in front of us.  

What can be done to build patience?

Meditation, for me, has been the most powerful tool in building patience.  There’s something that happens when you take just 10 minutes a day to listen to your breath and just exist.

My favorite apps and phone gadgets:

  • Headspace (Free) but annual subscription is needed for the full library (I do have a subscription…totally worth it!)
  • Meditation Studio ($3.99)
  • Balanced (Free) offers a way to set goals and monitor them every day

Great blogs and online resources:

  • DesignSponge composted a “The Beauty of Self Care” series that includes a brilliant post on patience.  A great read – I highly recommend busting out the paints and engaging in the week-long exercise.
  • Headspace’s blog, The Orange Dot, has great posts (and I love their graphics!) and I couldn’t have said it better, Andy!