Seeds of wisdom grow slowly. They require nurturing, just as all living things do. Conditions must be favorable for the growth of wisdom.
We can help create favorable conditions by developing patience and wise attention.
Paying attention, investigating our perceptions and asking deep questions develops skill in actually seeing what is here, rather than judging what we see.
Patience protects us from foolish words and actions.
Patience—not pushing—helps us see, hear and sense what is taking place this moment.
With patience we can check to see what our present attitude is. What kind of seeds are we sowing for the future?
Is something wrong with this moment? What do we think it is? What are we pushing for—or away from—at this moment?
What do we not want to look at?
Our present attitude determines whether we are planting seeds for future happiness or future pain.
Wholesome attitudes create favorable conditions in which wisdom arises.
What is our view of life? Einstein is reported to have said the most important question we can ask is: “Is the universe friendly?”
Our answer makes all the difference.
Can we trust the 14 billion years of evolution that has safely brought us to this moment? Do we honestly imagine life will come to an end at this point?
Can we patiently meet the present moment, rather than demanding that it be something different from what it is?
Can we trust this moment to bring to us just what we need?
Knowing, really understanding, that things happen at exactly the right time is important. Am I willing to wait?
My ego often thinks now would be the perfect time for whatever it is that I want.
Pushing for an early blossoming of anything just doesn’t work.
Seeds can only blossom when they have grown into their fullness—not a moment before. Evolution knows how to become.
Things happen at the exact moment that “a ripening” has occurred.
If we want more favorable conditions, we must plant the seeds for them. This takes place in the present moment!
We can plant the seeds of lovingkindness now. No matter what is happening.
Lovingkindness is not a gooey, sentimentality. It asks us to wish everyone well—now. Not later when they have “paid” for their crime (the story we hold in our minds). But now.
The past always asks something from the present.
Lovingkindness asks us to simply wish everyone well, desiring joy for everyone, regardless of what has taken place in the past.
Lovingkindness will take care of each person’s karma, and bring to them the fate which is the outcome of the seeds they have nurtured.
It is not up to us to see that justice is done. It’s up to us to act in a just manner and trust Universal Energy to work things out the way that is highest.
Wisdom requires awareness of what our patterns of thinking and feeling are, for energy is flowing into every pattern and structure of our mind and heart.
Patience will show me what is mine to say, to do and what actions to take.
Have you ever tried to push a string across the floor? Or push a river? Or change someone’s mind by forcing your ideas?
Totally useless effort. But we won’t really know until we examine these efforts and look at the results.
Forcing issues just doesn’t work and worry is no help.
We might change another’s actions by pushing, but their mind won’t be moved. In fact they will probably dig in harder, waiting for the moment when they can rise up aggressively, in retaliation.
So, I’m learning to wait as I investigate what my body tells me. When I notice I am contracting—tightening up—I remind myself to exhale fully and let go.
Yes, it’s hard to wait because I want to know what is happening. This is not patience.
So when I notice that my stomach is tight, wanting something to happen that isn’t quite ready, I know I’m pushing the river. Unskillful effort.
A friend of mine has this tag line at the bottom of her emails:
“God is the slowest bring ever to be right on time.”
Better to wait patiently, doing what is mine to do.
I ask myself, “What have I been expecting?” Getting honest about expectations creates the conditions for wisdom to arise.
Wisdom grows as we learn to handle disappointments in a loving manner.
I have this little child inside me that screams up and down when something she wants is delayed or doesn’t happen at all.
As I hold her and listen to her, I find she is afraid promises will never be kept. Broken promises cause her to feel defeated and horribly sad.
I just hold her. There really isn’t anything else I know to do. For I can’t make something happen. I’ve tried that. It’s futile.
So I’ve learned to settle down, just breathe, and let our being together be enough. As we just sit here together something opens.
In this seeming empty space something arises that calms, soothes, and eventually shows me what the next step needs to be.
Wisdom arises when conditions have ripened.
I begin to get a sense of serenity.
A feeling of trust emerges and I remember that seeds have to grow before they can blossom.
Just the way things are right now is the way they are. My pushing just adds stress.
And everything is really the way it needs to be, for now. A higher wisdom is in process. Nothing is permanent. Needed change is taking place.
Whether I understand it or not, things are working out just the way they need to.
As I practice this in the small things, I am somehow helped through the larger ones.
Planting seeds of kindness, love, and well being, and nurturing them daily can grow something very beautiful.
Yes, it may be difficult, but it’s worth the effort.
In lovingkindness, Rev. Billie