Patience the rock - Shenandoah National Park
Saturday, February 28, 2015
x2 Step 59 – Journal - Step 58 - Knowledge is with me.
Today: Step 59 - Today I will learn patience. (MP3) Journal - Step 58
IT IS VERY DIFFICULT FOR A MIND THAT IS TORMENTED to be patient. It is very difficult for a mind that is restless to be patient. It is very difficult for a mind that has sought all of its worth from temporary things to be patient. Only in the pursuit of something greater is patience necessary because it requires a greater application. Think of your life in terms of long-term development, not in terms of immediate sensation and gain. Knowledge is not merely stimulation. It is the depth of power that is universal and eternal, and its greatness is given to you to receive and to give.
PRACTICE EACH HOUR TODAY affirming that you will learn to be patient and that you will become observant of your life rather than critical of your life. Affirm that you will become objective about your abilities and your circumstances so that you may apply a greater certainty to them.
LEARN PATIENCE TODAY AND PATIENTLY LEARN. In this way, you will move more quickly, more certainly and more lovingly.
PRACTICE 59: Hourly practice.
Picture: Waiting for your ride at the airport is a great way to build the skill of patience. Here, Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport (DCA) in Arlington County, Virginia.
From the journal Step 58 - Knowledge is with me.
12:23 a.m. Tuesday, October 17, 2000 – for October 16, 2000
A good birthday [54th]– with the exception of a driving error – I must improve attention. At the Quality of Life seminar @ Mary Washington College – Fredericksburg I saw Ed M… – gave him the Regional Intelligence card; Bruce K…, Mark F…, Dan K…, Delegate Steve L… – had good reactions from many. Good dinner at Hotel Strasburg – Willard Scott was in the room with us having dinner and with his wife. We didn't say anything. She/Cindy took that as an omen – a good one – I say okay. The lesson/step of the day was "Knowledge is with me." I followed hints and had some good successes.
The program, with Step 59 today, we learn is about the development of patience. That has been a life-time project for me. My mother, age 90, says she is still working on it.
Following is a picture of “Patience.”
For more than thirty years I've been on a Journey to Patience. The path is here in pictures on Pinterest. I later understood the process of going in and coming out as a labyrinth walk.
From the Wikipedia labyrinth page: “One can think of labyrinths as symbolic of pilgrimage; people can walk the path, ascending toward salvation or enlightenment.”
Somewhere in your environment, you may be able to find or create a labyrinth walk for yourself. Let us continue.
Note: If you’ve some interest due to this or other Steps, you should go to the beginning blog post. From here you will learn about Steps to Knowledge and can begin it on the day that makes sense; then progress as needed. You can use the posts on this blog as a companion if it helps. They will remain in order in the archives - one post per Step.
Often it takes 18 months to get through the Steps once. For this blog, the pace is one-a-day, but it really makes no difference how fast you do it, only that you begin, persist and repeat. Posts here provide a trail that may let you have a virtual companion when and if you want one. One may have to study alone, as I did in the beginning. There are other Steps students blogging their experience and you might find a person more like you as a companion, or use a number of such Steps journeys. There are options as well through the Free School of the New Message.