Patience means holding back in your inclination to express your emotions when somebody upsets you or makes you angry, or when something causes you to become fearful. Don’t repress or frustrate yourself. Just take a deep breath and go into a calm internal space and be patient long enough to logically consider your response.
Ask yourself: How do I respond in my best interest? Don’t attempt to be right, don’t act irrationally and don’t say things you will regret later. The idea is to win the game. Consider nothing else.
The young martial arts student is taught to keep his mind like calm water because in the reflection he will perceive everything within striking range. The student also learns that anger muddies the water, increases his odds of losing and puts him at a distinct disadvantage because he can no longer think clearly.
Practice being patient when you are inclined to extreme emotions, such as anger, fear, adoration and anxiety. Connect your index finger and thumb in the circular “mudra” position as a reminder to be patient when you are tempted to act or speak too fast.
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