August is here and, as we know, it’s the last month of those lazy, hazy, crazy days of summer. In these final dog days of the season, as we look around us we may notice there is subtle change going on, in colors of the wild flowers and other quiet ways, that is letting us know autumn is on it way. It’s been said, “Autumn paints in colors that summer has never seen.” We all love the beauty of autumn, and we know when it gets here that we’ll feel such joy and appreciation for its elegant artistry and we’ll celebrate the richness of its harvest. Still, as the song goes, we may “wish that summer could always be here,” or at least that winter would never get here!
That is why so often, without even realizing it because feeling disturbed or uneasy may be such a habit, we may feel a little anxious this month. Once summer is over and fall begins, it won’t be long before the short cold days and long colder nights of winter will be upon us. I know several individuals who feel more depressed in August, anticipating winter, than they do during the actual winter months. Anticipation of something we don’t want to happen, and living in resistance to it even before it does happen, can feel far more disturbing and worrisome than actually dealing with something unwanted if (when) it arrives. There’s a Swedish proverb that says, “Worry often gives a small thing a big shadow.”
In August, the lazy, hazy, crazy days of summer can sometimes become just crazy days of our trying to get out and log in as much summer fun in the sun as we can. We get busy trying to get in one last summer trip, or fit in as many outings with family and friends as we can, as if the more activity we squeeze into this final summer month will somehow keep winter at arm’s length. However, our being fully where we are in every moment, with our mind and emotions fully engaged without future thoughts of “all good things must come to an end” or “will this ever end,” empowers us to choose how we’ll experience our life as it happens.
Peace comes to us when we relax into the present moments of our life, unhurried and unworried, eager but not anxious. Arthur Somers Roche wrote, “Anxiety is a thin stream of fear trickling through the mind. If encouraged it cuts a channel into which all other thoughts are drained.” It is important for us to open our mind and heart to the serenity that comes to us as we let go of our tight grip on life, and how it should be, and unwind our mind into the vastness of the peace and positive possibilities available to us in the here and now, no matter where we are or what’s happening. In this way we encourage peace to cut a channel in our mind into which all other thoughts flow.
Peace is unhurried. It’s not trying to get somewhere else or to make anything happen. It just is, what It is, where It is. It’s free and easy movement, like water, flows around the appearance of obstacles and keeps going unimpeded. We can feel peace within us no matter what our physical body may be doing, or how physically active we are. It is a stillness within us that keeps our mind contented and our emotions calm as the events of our life unfold. Peace is the patience we naturally experience when we are in sync with the rhythm of our life.
It’s been said, “Patience is not simply the ability to wait. It’s how we behave while we’re waiting.” Often, it seems we wait impatiently for our life to get better in some way before we’re ready to be peaceful about it. Either we’re waiting to get through something unpleasant, or we’re waiting for some future event to make our life more pleasant. We learned the words, “I can’t wait,” early in life. But, as children, even while we waited for good things to happen, we enjoyed the good things that were happening in between. Abraham-Hicks tells us, “What true patience is, is knowing that you want it and knowing that it’s coming, and actually enjoying the unfolding along the way.”
We do a lot of waiting in this world nowadays. The Internet speeds may be faster, and jets and automobiles may go faster. But still we wait (and wait) on the phone for customer service fix our internet service. We wait in line at the airport to board the fast jet, and we wait in a line of traffic that doesn’t even allow our car to go fast. We wait in the doctor’s office, and in line at the market, post office, and all the other places that have lines in which to wait. We not only wait in lines, we wait for results—medical results, job application results, or the results of some email or text we’ve sent to someone that could go either way. And, it seems that how long we’re forced to wait depends on the speed, concern or compassion of someone else.
We may not have control over the waiting time, but we do have control over how we wait. So the question is: How are we choosing to behave while we’re waiting? Do we focus on happy thoughts while we wait or happily observe what is going on around us? Are we knowing what we want is coming, and are we enjoying the unfolding of our life along the way?
Sometimes it may seem our biggest wait, and our most worrisome wait, is waiting for the answer to our prayer. Because many of us only pray when it seems like an emergency situation, we wait anxiously to see the answer to our prayer. We read in the Book of Philippians, “Do not be anxious about anything, but with thanksgiving let your request be made known to God.” If God knows what we want (and we can’t hide anything from the All Knowing, Ever-Presence of God), why would we be anxious, impatient, or doubtful about receiving it? Perhaps we believe a particular answer, if it shows up, will be proof that God not only hears us, but wants us to have all the good we ask for. And, if our good doesn’t fall instantly from the sky, we begin to doubt that it ever will. Or, it could be that we are more worried that we don’t deserve what we want in first place. We know what we believe by how we wait, with anxious anticipation or peaceful expectation. Do we wait with our arms crossed, foot tapping, checking our watch or the calendar, and feeling frustrated and fearful within us? Or, do we wait with patient appreciation for the good that we know is coming, and actually enjoy the unfolding along way?
Abraham-Hicks tells us, “When you start relaxing and trusting in your worthiness, which means expecting good things to come to you, then you open all kinds of doors that you had barred, and you let all kinds of unseen forces assist you in ways that you were preventing before.” If we’re expecting a particular good to come, there’s no need to be anxious about when it will appear. We can relax and trust. Trusting our worthiness to be healthy, wealthy, happy, and fulfilled allows us to wait in a peaceful expectation that causes us to be naturally patient. Divine timing becomes our timing. We feel good as we wait. And, the better we feel as we wait, the better we feel about our life as it’s happening. And, the better we feel about our life as it’s happening, the more good we attract into our life each moment. We open doors in our life for good to flow into it in more expansive ways. We allow the unseen forces of the Universe in which we live to bring us the good we want, and then some. Our life is created to get better and better. We read in the Book of Malachi, “Prove me now in this, says the LORD of hosts, and I will open the windows of heaven for you and pour out blessings for you until you shall say, It is enough.”
We may be waiting for our health to improve, and it is the energy of patient positive expectation that will affect that improvement. We may be waiting for time or money to buy a car, a house, or to travel, and it is the energy of patient positive expectation that will allow more abundance to flow to us. We may be waiting for a relationship to straighten out, and it is the energy of patient positive expectation that will allow it to happen. When we live in peaceful expectation of good, patience isn’t a waiting game. It extends peace into every area of our life. True patience isn’t about enduring the present moment with gritted teeth. It’s our ability to let go of our need to control how our good unfolds, and to actually appreciate the unfoldment.
Abraham-Hicks tells us, “The vibration of appreciation is the closest vibration that can be experienced by a human being to that of his non-physical core energy. Appreciation feels good in your powerful and important now, and it guarantees wonderful future experiences as the Universe responds again and again to your signal.” The “powerful and important now” is where it’s at because it’s where we’re at. In fact, we’ll never be anywhere else! It is here and now that our choices not only affect our life as it’s happening, but it is the place from which we call to us what we’ll experience next as our life unfolds. A vibration of appreciation is a powerful signal. Right now we are each sending out signals of appreciation or anxiety, peace or frustration. Abraham-Hicks tells us that our work is to “chill out and find peace with our self.” Are we ready to chill out and find peace with our self and the rhythm of our life? Peace and patience sends a signal to the Universe that we’re ready and willing to receive our good anytime!