The Art of Patiently Waiting

Nick's Snow Raspberry
Photo by Nick Trudel

Do you believe everything has it’s own timing? All I have to do it look at the trees and watch the patient coming together of conditions in springtime to see how timing is important for perfect unfolding.

Patience is an art, a practice. It’s a savoring of the moment so that the desired conditions – when they arrive, will be fully appreciated.

When our ancestors lived closer to nature, we were attuned to the rhythm of days and seasons without computers, clocks and cell phones measuring out the seconds. We were better able to understand the power in the process of waiting.

In nature seeds are planted in fall or early spring. Soil is tended and the seeds are watered and labored over long before the first shoots poke through the earth. An impatient gardener will want to dig down to the seeds and see what’s going on beneath the surface. But if he gives into that desire, he’ll disturb the growth and possibly kill the sprouting seedlings. The wise gardener plants the seeds and has faith that they are growing out of sight in the darkness. While he patiently tends to weeds and waters the surface, the seeds will take root and grow into potatoes, a pear tree or whatever he has planted.

What I plant today in thoughts words and actions may often be realized in the future. Good thoughts, good words and good actions will bring about a good harvest in the right time. So I tend to the moment and reside fully here in pleasure of being impatient.

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Bio: Debra Moffitt is author of Awake in the World: 108 Practices to Live a Divinely Inspired Life. A visionary and teacher, she’s devoted to nurturing the spiritual in everyday life. She leads workshops on spiritual practices at the Sophia Institute and other venues in the U.S. and Europe. Her mind/body/spirit articles, essays and stories appear in publications around the globe and were broadcast by BBC World Services Radio. She has spent over fifteen years practicing meditation, working with dreams and doing spiritual practices. Visit her online at and



  1. OMG. This is so beautiful: “Patience is an art, a practice. It’s a savoring of the moment so that the desired conditions – when they arrive, will be fully appreciated.” Thank you. This sense of timing and the rightness of everything in its own time and place is so important in manifesting as well.

  2. Oh my goodness Debra, this is quite the coincidence… is there such thing? A week or two ago I was researching retreats. Specifically retreats that include all the things I love: yoga, writing, meditation, mantra… And I found yours. (Except for I don’t know why I was researching retreats because I can’t realistically leave my nursing toddler who sleeps in my bed for days at a time… perhaps another year). Anyway, today I scrolled through the never-ending list on Blogging Boost and clicked on the one that sounded interesting. And here I am again. What do you suppose that means?

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