Waiting. It’s such an arduous task but we all have to do it. We wait in traffic. In line at the grocery store. We wait for the plumber to arrive. Or to hear back from an employer after a job interview. Much of our lives are spent waiting. For results and opportunities.
But what does waiting teach us? Patience? Maybe. Judith Orloff believes that we should use our “waiting situations” (my term) to feel the energy of those around you. She suggests brightening someone’s day by smiling or by letting them cut in front of you at the grocery store or bank.
Waiting also forces us to surrender (an essential part of yoga practice). If we can’t do it ourselves, we must rely on -and often wait for- someone else to check us out of the store, fix our kitchen sink, or make a decision about our future employment at a company. But with that often comes resistance. Consciously or subconsciously, our egos fight with the notion that we can’t do it ourselves and this makes waiting unbearable.
As Kip Mazuy in Yoga Journal tells us: “It is in surrender there is peace.” So the next time you find yourself waiting, try surrendering to whatever it is. This is not the same as defeat. It is accepting what IS and that is all we can do.