The practice of patience guards us against losing our presence of mind. It enables us to remain undisturbed, even when the situation is really difficult. It gives us a certain amount of inner peace, which allows us some self-control, so that we can choose to respond to situations in an appropriate and compassionate manner, rather than being driven by our disturbing emotions.
Every day, think as you wake up: Today, I am fortunate to be alive. I have a precious human life, I am not going to waste it. I am going to use all of my energies to develop myself, to expand my heart out to others, to achieve Enlightenment for the benefit of all beings. I am going to have kind thoughts toward others. I am not going to get angry or think badly about others. I am going to benefit others as much as I can.
In meditation, we become familiar with letting go. We watch our thoughts arise and let them go. We’re spreading our wings, loosening up, so that we can let go anytime. When we rise from our meditation seat, we can continue the practice of letting go as we bring it forth into our day. Letting go of attachment is the ultimate generosity, because it connects us with our wisdom and compassion.