Reading Archive (Patience)

Live the Questions Now

Rainer Maria Rilke

In the great silence of these distances, I am touched by your beautiful anxiety about life, even more than I was in Paris, where everything echoes and fades away differently because of the excessive n...

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195K reads, 30 comments

Business Lessons from A Quiet Gardener

William Rosenzweig

The people who know me best know that at heart I am just a quiet gardener. My garden has probably taught me the most about how things grow - and thrive in a vibrant and sustainable manner. These lesso...

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55K reads, 18 comments

My Misgivings About Advice

Parker Palmer

My misgivings about advice began with my first experience of clinical depression thirty-five years ago. The people who tried to support me had good intentions. But, for the most part, what they d...

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50K reads, 33 comments

Being Judicious, not Judgmental

Thanissaro Bhikku

One of the most difficult but necessary skills we need to develop as meditators is learning how to be judicious without being judgmental. An as a preliminary step to developing that skill, it's good t...

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41K reads, 5 comments

The Power of Patience

Sharon Salzberg

If we can be quieter, more in the moment with what is actually happening, a world of perception opens up for us based on where we are, not on where we one day hope to be. "Nobody sees a flower, r...

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37K reads, 27 comments

Seeing Fully

Ajahn Brahm

We were poor monks who needed buildings. We couldn't afford to employ a builder — the materials were expensive enough. So I had to learn how to build: how to prepare the foundations, lay con...

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36K reads, 57 comments

Giving Within For-Give-Ness

Michael Bernard Beckwith

People often say that Jesus taught, "You should turn the cheek if someone smites you; you should turn the other cheek if they wrong you."  Many people interpret this as saying that if s...

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34K reads, 27 comments

Lessening the Power of Negative Emotions

The Dalai Lama

I profoundly believe that real spiritual change comes about not by merely praying or wishing that all negative aspects of our minds disappear and all positive aspects blossom. It is only by our concer...

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28K reads, 10 comments

Every Piece is Meant For You

Virgil Kalyana Mittata Iordache

Ever since I was young I enjoyed solving puzzles and having the pleasure to see the bigger picture afterwards. But even after all that, I found that life could be the most challenging puzzle we have t...

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17K reads, 6 comments

To Find Something, Don't Look For It

Robin Wall Kimmerer

Between takeoff and landing, we are each in suspended animation, a pause between chapters of our lives. When we stare out the window into the sun’s glare, the landscape is only a flat projection...

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16K reads, 27 comments

Evolving From Hope to Hopelessness

Margaret Wheatley

[Rudolf Bahro said,] "When the forms of an old culture are dying, the new culture is created by a few people who are not afraid to be insecure." Could insecurity, self-doubt, be a good trait? I find i...

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16K reads, 15 comments

Reflections on Life from Death Row


Reggie once told me that we could use these cells like meditation cells used by monks in monasteries. But prison is not a monastery. And although I may do my best to take advantage of the opportuni...

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15K reads, 14 comments

Neighbors Are Our Practice

Tenzin Palmo

Meditation is only one of the many qualities that is emphasized. It's a very important one because we have to understand our mind, and we can only understand our mind by looking at it. But to be a wel...

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12K reads, 8 comments

Doing What You Love

Barbara Sher

You should be doing what you love. What you love is as unique to you as your fingerprints. You need to know that because nothing will make you really happy but doing what you love. Just look at peop...

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4K reads, 2 comments

Anger as an Opportunity

Author Unknown

An alias member (who prefers to stay anonymous) shares these thoughts: "How can I practice patience when there is no one to be angry with." -- Milarepa These simple words by Milarepa, the great ...

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2K reads