One who holds back rising anger like a rolling chariot, that one I call a real driver; other people are but holding the reins.
It takes two to quarrel: the other person can throw down the gauntlet, but we don’t have to pick it up. When someone criticizes us or contradicts us or speaks in an unpleasant tone of voice, there is no quarrel as long as we remember that we have the choice not to reply in the same manner. Trouble starts only when we react on the stimulus and response level – which may be all right for two-year-olds but not for mature men and women. At such times, it will help us to be more patient, and our example will help the other person to be more patient too.
Words to Live By: Inspiration for Every Day – Eknath Easwaran
The homework is to learn first to be patient with your practice of Yoga asana. When you are faced with something you cannot physically do see what it is you can do and be content (santosa) with that. Patanjali’s Yoga Sutras presents Adhyatma-prasada which means calmness, or clarity, of the inner being, (1:47) and Upeksha which means equanimity, (1:33). Together these words convey the meaning of patience. Through the observation in your practice and your experiences off of the mat see if you can move towards this native state of being. And just for fun, choose the longest line at the bank or grocery store. Breathe slowly and pay attention to your bodily sensations. Your willingness to focus on your impatience will eventually reconnect you with the reality that everything is moving at the proper speed. Finally, remember that there is always enough time in nature.
Excerpts from “Living your Yoga, Finding the Spiritual in Everyday Life”, by Judith Lasater.
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