Patience does not necessarily mean to be passive or submissive, but rather being empowered with a valuable coping skill in order to find inner peace. Patience is a lifelong spiritual practice as well as a way to find emotional freedom.

The opposite of patience is frustration, a feeling of agitation and intolerance triggered when your needs are not met.

Every day we can find good reasons to be impatient – long traffic lines, people not doing what they supposed to do, payments online that take forever, and so on. You always have a choice to either feel disappointed, frustrated, and victimized OR learn to transform your frustration with patience.

When we use patience as a form of compassion, we give ourselves and others the opportunity to be seen, heard, and understood. You can step back and regroup your thoughts and feelings, instead of aggressively reacting or giving up on someone who is frustrating you. You are able to invest meaningful time in a relationship without giving up or giving in.

When you choose to patiently analyse a situation, you give yourself permission to look at the big picture before making assumptions and false beliefs.

This week pay attention to your impatience. When you feel that you are starting to get tense, agitated and with no humour – close your eyes, take a deep breath in and out, and allow yourself to relax while disconnecting from the negative thoughts. While frustration focuses on externals, patience is a drawing inward towards a greater wisdom.

‘Have patience with all things, but first of all with yourself.’ – Saint Francis de Sales