The Courage to Wait

“When you’re like a keg of dynamite about to go off, patience means just slowing down at that point-just pausing-instead of immediately acting on your usual, habitual response. You refrain from acting, you stop talking to yourself, and then you connect with the soft spot. But at the same time you are completely and totally honest with yourself about what you are feeling. You’re not suppressing anything; patience has nothing to do with suppression. In fact, it has everything to do with a gentle, honest relationship with yourself.”

Pema Chödrön (via Yoga Bala)

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