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What are Patience and Mindfulness?

Recently I had a surgery that required 10 days of absolute rest. After 2 days, I understood that completing 10 days without activity would require some patience, acceptance, and focus because, in another way, that would be boring and complicated.


Then I made a schedule in my day to organize
tasks and facilitate my goal of “not doing anything” (at least activities which required physical effort) during my recovery: things as simple as having breakfast, reading, eating, completing a big puzzle, listening to music, enjoying time talking with the family, and at the end of the day watching TV sometime before going to bed.

 

Analyzing that situation, I learned a lot…

 

What is Patience?

 

The ability to wait, or continue doing something despite difficulties, or to suffer without complaining or becoming annoyed. Ability to remain calm and wait.

 

Why is it important?

 

Reaching goals requires effort and, above all, a lot of patience to know how to endure those moments when we think about giving up and abandoning the path. Many people, and perhaps you, have abandoned their goals or their dreams because obstacles were found along the way that seemed difficult to overcome.

 

In those moments you must remember that, if you abandon your dreams, then nothing you have done will be worth it. That is why it's so important to be patient.

 

Why is it related to Mindfulness?

 

The practice of mindfulness is ideal to acquire patience, since, it requires a great concentration to focus the look inwards and keep it. Not doing anything worries us because the mind wants to impose itself, the body wants to impose itself and sensations and emotions do not stop jumping from one side to another (it is “the jumping monkey” that Buddhists speak of).

 

Then, when you focus on breathing, you can stay in the now, in that instant and also in the next and the next instant. Patience is the ability to hear the empty claims of your impulses and discover that they have no power over you.

 

Once you learn to cultivate it in your meditative practice, it will be easy for you to bring it to your day to day.

 

#Tips and reminders to be patient

 

It is difficult to have patience but it’s not impossible. To conclude, I leave you these tips that you can put into practice to improve your ability to have patience:

  • Think positively. Everything has a solution.

  • See the solutions instead of the problems. Focus on the way you can solve them.

  • Create opportunities. Patience is also doing something to achieve what you want.

  • Recognize your achievements. When we see the things we have achieved, we’ll be motivated to achieve bigger or better accomplishments.

  • Organize your time. If you organize and prioritize your tasks, you will live with less stress.

  • Relax. Do not complicate your life. When you have a problem or you’re stuck, take a deep breath and calm down, you will find a way to overcome positively.

Mayra G.

Mayra has +20 years of experience in the Development area – applications, web pages, Database developer. She has been Inflection Point’s Software Engineer since 2018.

She loves spending time with family, enjoying a good movie or series. (Friends and HTGAWM fan)

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