Waiting is

‘Waiting is’ an antidote to the stress of impatience


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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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Mindfulness Calms the Mind when you Need it Most (Noisy Neighbours via Thich Nhat Hanh)

OMG! don’t you just love it when you open a page at random and it says just what you needed to hear?

I live in a flat under a baby elephant; which is especially apparent at 3am.
Insomniac that I am, a cup of tea was a more realistic idea than trying to get back to sleep.

Tich Naht Hanh

Opening a book at random, Thich Nhat Hanh’s cooling wisdom pacified my mind:
“If there is a thought like, ‘it is late, but the neighbors are surely making a lot of noise’, simply recognize that that thought has arisen.”
How did he know?!

This is so like ‘the silent watcher’ meditation that Gen Tharchin, a true Kadampa yogi, teaches.
Tich advises us to simply acknowledge the presence of the thought – not to grasp onto it – but to allow it to float on through our mind like a cloud floating through the sky.

SO, if the neighbor continues their drumming practice, causing the thought or feeling to persist; just continue to recognize it.
Try not to follow the troubled line of thinking, because that just fuels the mind of annoyance. Try to resist the temptation to go upstairs with a stun gun or baseball bat, in order to encourage the noisy neighbor to be quiet. This just makes the situation worse.
And who can get to sleep with an angry mind?

Rather, acknowledge ‘there is anger’. Don’t dwell on it ~ let it go.

It helps me to breathe out the anger.
Try practicing a simple breathing meditation, put on on some music of your own, or get lost in something absorbing and uplifting (like writing a blog!)

Whatever, just let the anger go.

This allows the angry thunder-cloud in our mind to diminish to a wispy summer cloud, floating undisturbed through our mind; leaving us calm, clear and peaceful.

mmm, bliss.

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