10 steps to total patience

The many efforts you make over years will make even your last moment eternal and patient.  Photo by HENCE THE BOOM on Unsplash

If anyone wants to become a person capable of great steadiness and peacefulness in a crisis, then here is a summary of the main efforts they may need to make, in order to develop the skill.

This summary is based on the previous four articles, and can be viewed as a practical wish-list which naturally evolves from an analysis of patience in the short term, medium term, and long term.

  1. Think through your philosophy.  Your enduring patience is stronger when you are consistent.
  2. Decide on what you believe is the abiding truth.  Your enduring patience is stronger when you are supported by your own faith.
  3. Allow for your own nature in choosing your actions.  Your enduring patience is stronger when you build on your natural skills.
  4. Choose the right time for your efforts, taking account of the limitations and cycles of your body.
  5. Take breaks in order to let your mind and body remain fresh.
  6. Divide your quests into manageable chunks, so that you do not take on too much at once.
  7. Train yourself for difficult future moments, so that when difficult moments come, your peaceful instincts will be good.
  8. Be mindful of the present moment, so that you can find the points of peaceful mastery in any difficult situation.
  9. Contemplate your behaviour afterwards, so that you can learn from your own impatience.
  10. Do not leave patience to nature: train yourself, and build the skill.