Patient Practice

Every time that there has been another excerpt or announcement with yet a further sideways skew to this spurious tale, it’s very easy to become knocked off balance.

I only say this because I’ve experienced it with each round of ‘what?!?’ inducing news…even though I’ve been working really hard to put into practice all of the grounding practices that I have been studying over and again!

The fundamental lesson being the breath and coming back to the present moment. To stop projecting. It’s about being here, unscathed, in the present moment. There is no problem right here, right now in the present moment.

You get the gist – there’s a lot to be said for being here – right here – in the endless present moment.

But interaction in our modern world so so readily takes us out of our connection to the timeless now…

It takes practice. (Don’t all meaningful things? And of course, around 10 000 hours of the stuff to excel at something…) And forgiving ourselves when it doesn’t always go to plan…


The bedrock of resilience

Practice is what leads to resilience too. Resilience is the ability to not be knocked sideways by the latest wave of head-shaking-in-disbelief news… Resilience is the ability to come back to our own grounded centre, with ease.

Not so that we become blasé about the latest update, but more so that we can firmly remain seated on our own trajectory…

Resilience is founded up repeated exposure to something – but in a good way. Meeting something over and again is how we start to see progression and this is how confidence builds in our response to whatever the situation is. It’s the idea that, ‘oh I couldn’t do that so easily before, and now I can…’.

This is useful, purposeful certainty at being able to meet something that we’ve encountered before.

But what’s more though, with confidence in one situation, this self-assuredness transfers over to knowing how to handle new situations – which is more the case of, ‘oh, this feels like that other thing; we could try this…’

This is the ability (or flexibility) to adapt ourselves and our thinking to meet new challenges, with a similar self-assuredness because of our capability in a slightly different situation…

And neither of these situations are ‘arrogance’ – on the contrary – it’s just that preparedness comes with all of that practice. Which is the bedrock of resilience…

Patience & quiet

Physical, mental, or emotional preparedness takes patience to create. Plus kindness to ourselves along the way.

Yoga offers us this. More traditional yoga practices such as Sivananda Hatha Yoga or the more dynamic practice of Ashtanga Yoga are wholly based on repeating the same postures or sequence of postures over and over and over again! (As in, a lot! With a lot of patience required!)

The discipline involved evidences itself in these physical practices, and frequently repeated exposure – and this necessary patience involved – pays dividends in terms of harnessing strength, capability and that assuredness.

Yet, on the other hand, we do need variability. We need variability of movement (in our running, for one – to mitigate against ‘overload’ and injury) to create a wholeness to our freedom of movement, and we need variability in our mental stimulation to induce ‘bigger picture’ thinking, and not becoming entrenched in blinkered ideas…

The downside here though is when we keep reaching for something new and different each time because we don’t have sufficient patience to stick with something and repeat it over and again until we achieve mastery.

If we’re constantly searching searching searching outside of ourselves for stimulus, we will not reach a place of mental preparedness, fractured as our thoughts will be.

Plus we will never find the quiet place inside ourselves which is where our self-assuredness is housed…

Presence, practice and patience (oh, and being kind to ourselves) leads us to preparedness, resilience and self-assuredness. Upshots all round?


Photo by Jared Rice