Patience

When things go "wrong", ie... not to our liking or expectations, we tend to lose perspective.  We feel persecuted, wronged, and indignant.  It is easy at such times to loose concern for others and become bitter and selfish.

Learning patience allows us to use loving kindness and mindfulness to accept things and others as they are.  Not everything is directed at us.  Sometimes causes align and things happen for reasons we do not understand.  We can learn to incorporate disappointing events into our practice and learn about life and ourselves.  This doesn't mean we have to put a "rosy" fake spin on everything that occurs in our lives, it means that we accept things as they are and transform ourselves.

Difficulties with the people and events in our life are a part of the path.  Developing patience helps us to stay on the path of the Bodhisattva.

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