Impatience: Our Words Create Our Worlds

posted Jul 9, 2012, 8:00 AM by Interfaith WS
  Susan meditated twice a day to relax. As a mother of four who worked part-time in a florist shop, she had problems with high blood pressure. Meditation lowered it, but she did not know how to bring inner peace into her life.

“Today I went to a large supermarket," she said. “All I got was a loaf of bread and a carton of cigarettes. I was rushed. In a few minutes, I had to pick up my daughter at her school bus stop. I stood in the line at the express checkout. The line moved fast until an old woman in front of me got to the cashier. She turned her handbag upside down and began counting out nickels and pennies. Watching her, I felt the heat rise in my head. My brain seemed to boil. Every four-letter word in the book came into my mind. Idiot, I thought. She'll push up my pressure. I wanted to bop her on the head. By the time I got out of the store, my heart was palpitating so loudly that I had to sit still in my car before I dared drive. This kind of thing happens to me often, and I don't know how to deal with it."

Darshani. First, it is essential to understand that the woman is in no way responsible for the rise in your blood pressure. You were. Second, your impatience and inner cursing did nothing to speed the woman up. All it did was tear you down.

Having meditated, you know that when no words arise in your mind, the mind becomes still and you experience peace. Words carry power. When words arise in your mind, powerful images rise along with them. You identify with the images. That identification evokes pleasure or pain. When we recognize this phenomenon for what it is, we cannot help but be fascinated by it: through the power of words alone, we create our inner world. Through the power of words we create our prisons. Then we spend the rest of our lives trying to get out of them. Our minds create both heaven and hell. Hell takes much more energy.

Here is a key to help you use this power for your benefit instead of your detriment. Next time you wait in line and you become aware of negative reactions in your mind, immediately substitute these words: "Patient I am. Relaxed I am," or "Om Patience, Om Peace." Repeat them over and over mentally. As you do, the feelings behind those words will manifest within you. Those feelings will keep your body processes in check. More important, you will have made the first big step in taking responsibility for your health.

We can never change the world. All we can do is change our reactions to it.