How is patience a spiritual practice?

Arianna Huffington
Health Education

Someone said somewhere (probably on a farm where they still notice such things) that “you get a chicken by hatching the egg, not by smashing it.” Patience is the key both in our relationship with ourselves and in our relationships with others.  God and man, Simone Weil observed, are like two lovers who through some terrible mix-up have missed each other at the appointed place and hour. Life stretches on ahead of us, and we start pacing, glancing ever more frantically at our watch. Where could he be? Impostors, sensing our frustration, approach us -- each with some substitute, some alternative plan. Sometimes, losing heart, we go along. Patience built on trust is the great bulwark against discouragement, which in many spiritual traditions is the devil's favorite way of turning us away from God. Practicing patience is nothing less than practicing cooperation with God's will.

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