the treasure you look for is hidden in the ground on which you stand

by michelle on March 22, 2012


Patience is a hard discipline. It is not just waiting until something happens over which we have no control: the arrival of the bus, the end of the rain, the return of a friend, the resolution of a conflict. Patience is not waiting passively until someone else does something. Patience asks us to live the moment to the fullest, to be completely present to the moment, to taste the here and now, to be where we are. When we are impatient, we try to get away from where we are. We behave as if the real thing will happen tomorrow, later, and somewhere else. Let’s be patient and trust that the treasure we look for is hidden in the ground on which we stand.

~Henri Nouwen, Catholic priest

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Kim March 30, 2012 at 12:25 am

thank you, it helps to remember…again and again.


Geanette April 3, 2012 at 11:09 am

Love this! Needed to read this today ;)

Thanks….. XOXO


Robert Webster April 4, 2012 at 10:02 am

I’ve been practicing this more and more since coming to IAY – waiting for th bus, waiting for the elevator, waiting on the bench outside the IAY studio. Like a mini Savasana in the middle of the day…


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