Spiritual waiting is not passive
𝐒𝐩𝐢𝐫𝐢𝐭𝐮𝐚𝐥 𝐰𝐚𝐢𝐭𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐢𝐬 𝐧𝐨𝐭 𝐩𝐚𝐬𝐬𝐢𝐯𝐞. 𝐈𝐭 𝐢𝐬 𝐚𝐜𝐭𝐢𝐯𝐞. 𝐀 𝐭𝐢𝐦𝐞 𝐨𝐟 𝐠𝐚𝐭𝐡𝐞𝐫𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐚𝐥𝐥 𝐭𝐡𝐚𝐭 𝐢𝐬 𝐠𝐨𝐨𝐝 𝐰𝐢𝐭𝐡𝐢𝐧 𝐚𝐧𝐝 𝐚𝐫𝐨𝐮𝐧𝐝 𝐮𝐬, 𝐚𝐧𝐝 𝐬𝐮𝐩𝐩𝐨𝐫𝐭𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐰𝐢𝐭𝐡 𝐥𝐨𝐯𝐞, 𝐜𝐚𝐫𝐞 𝐚𝐧𝐝 𝐫𝐞𝐬𝐩𝐞𝐜𝐭 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐧𝐚𝐭𝐮𝐫𝐚𝐥 𝐩𝐫𝐨𝐜𝐞𝐬𝐬 𝐨𝐟 𝐠𝐫𝐨𝐰𝐭𝐡.
We are always waiting for something to change. This is natural and part of the fact that our lives are dynamic and we are growing, learning and developing all the time. However, how we wait for growth and change makes all the difference. Yemima makes a distinction between spiritual waiting and “materialistic” waiting. Materialistic waiting is rooted in the fact that I cannot stand who I am or what is happening now and I want it to change it ASAP. I am narrowly focused on what’s not working. Time is not moving fast enough. In spiritual growth we still want our wishes to come true, of course we do. However, we try to wait from a different internal space: We try to remind ourselves gently, that even though we are waiting for something very important to us, we still have areas in our lives that are going well and working for us. We give them attention. We try to carry in our heart the understanding that things have a natural way of developing at their own pace. It is beautiful to give ourselves and those around us the time needed to grow and expand. We can support the growth of the system by giving it what it needs in order to develop on its own. We give from a generous heart without conditions for immediate results.