Waiting is

‘Waiting is’ an antidote to the stress of impatience

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Dharma Wheel and Deer

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Reblogged from Inviting the Bell – engaging the community of mindfulness practitioners

In Robert Heinlein’s science fiction classic, *Stranger in a Strange Land*, the Man from Mars uses the mantra, “Waiting is” whenever faced with having to wait or doesn’t get what he wants. My sense of the phrase’s meaning is that events will unfold naturally, and waiting is an activity that leads to the unfolding. In many situations, waiting is more pleasurable than fruition. Much of the unhappiness that occurs during the day is caused by impatience.
When impatience is noticed, a simple “Waiting is” is an effective tool to remember the value and pleasure of waiting.

Matt W
Photo Jokhang temple, Lhasa (Erik Tˆrner, Tibet 2003)

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