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My Meditative Moments

A Simple Lesson in Patience

by meditative - August 2nd, 2015.
Filed under: Insights for Mindful Intelligence.

~ From Zorba the Greek, by Nikos Kazantzakis

“I remembered one morning when I discovered a cocoon in a bark of a tree, just as a butterfly was making a hole in its case and preparing to come out. I waited awhile, but it was too long appearing and I was impatient. I bent over it and breathed on it to warm it. I warmed it as quickly as I could and the miracle began to happen before my eyes, faster than life.

The case opened, the butterfly started slowly crawling out and I shall never forget my horror when I saw how its wings were folded back and crumpled; the wretched butterfly tried with its whole trembling body to unfold them. Bending over it I tried to help it with my breath. In vain.

It needed to be hatched out patiently and the unfolding of its wings should be a gradual process in the sun. Now it was too late. My breath had forced the butterfly to appear, all crumpled, before its time. It struggled desperately and, a few seconds later, died in the palm of my hand.

Patience knows no measure of time. As we continue to grow & mature spiritually in our lives, we begin to open & accept the ‘timeless’ quality of patience. In your own life, take a few moments to reflect on how impatience has affected your ability to live fully in the moment…    

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