LIVING YOGA PHILOSOPHY
– WITH EMMA PALMER
KSAMA: THE TEACHING OF PATIENCE
“Inner peace is impossible without patience. Wisdom requires patience. Spiritual growth implies the mastery of patience. Patience allows the unfolding of destiny to proceed at its own unhurried pace.” – Brian Weiss
Kṣamā is the sacred teaching of the art of patience, a quality we seem to have lost in our modern materialist culture where anything is just the click of a button away and instant gratification rules. How do we cultivate and remember this virtue in those moments when we choose instead to force and push for a goal or desire?
When we become impatient we move into a space where we are no longer connected to an intuitive voice of wisdom, impede the unfolding of manifestation and are robbed from the experience of being in the present moment. We become resentful, as the impatience is present to illustrate a potentially unfulfilled desire, or we endure frustration because we’ve become caught up in a diversion from the path to what we are truly wanting. Not only does impatience harbour a deep restlessness, it brings a powerful sense of intolerance toward others and our experiences.
“The two hardest tests on the spiritual road are the patience to wait for the right moment and the courage not to be disappointed with what we encounter.” – Paulo Coelho
Yet just as we create the habit of being impatient, so too do we have the power to break that cycle and develop new pathways of being through a conscious awareness of our inner and outer interactions with the world around us. With patience we begin to operate from a more grounded and trusting space, where we accept and allow life to unfold in its own way and in its own time. The questions then becomes: how do we get to a place where we trust in the timing of a wisdom beyond our own?
In the next instalment of our Living Yoga Philosophy series, Emma Palmer explores the ancient wisdom of Kṣamā and how this powerful quality of patience is more crucial than ever in the modern world. The original teachings depict Kṣamā as a spiritual practice that requires this virtue become a natural part of the essence of who we are, rather than merely in the momentary practice of mindfulness. We must learn to bestow the gift of patience upon ourselves in the first instance, before we are able to become genuinely patient, tolerant and accepting of others and the divine plan of life unfolding around us in perfect timing.
BRING YOUR YOGA TO LIFE
Date: Wednesday 24 April
Time: 6pm – 7:15pm
Venue: Moksha Yoga – 437A Centre Road, Bentleigh 3204
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