"Compassion for other begins with kindness to ourselves."
- Pema Chodron
The transition from fall to winter can be a tricky one- the quick changes in weather and cold/flus that linger. Less light translates to shorter days and the cold drives us inward. Oftentimes we can get tired of stressed, especially with deadlines looming as the holidays approach. So it's understandable that the grumpies sometimes sink in.
So take some time to slow down before you react, pause, breathe. Impatience starts with ourselves, it's a tipping over of energy that we can't contain or translate, small frustrations errupting outward. In our practice, this can mean anger flowing through the whole practice- every move becoming a source of irritation. And I'm not here to say let it go- that can be the hardest shit to do. It's unrelatable, sympathetic. Let's have some empathy for ourselves- give the feeling the space it needs. We all need proper time to settle an emotion. So fuck it, don't let it go- let it be. You are allowed to be impatient, your feelings are valid. The root of patience is the pause, the space between the inhale and exhale. To find patience we have to understand impatience, to be honest with ourselves about how we tick. Hold some space for yourself because this space is expansive, the more you hold for yourself the greater amount of empathetic patience you will hold for others.