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Patience vs. Presence
by Jeni James


In a recent yoga class, the teacher read a passage from a book regarding patience and presence. The passage read that patience is often thought of “having to wait”. And that was when I really connected with the reason why I haven’t been fond of this word.

As a society, we are told things like, “the best things are worth waiting for”, “in the end, it will all work out”, “good things come to those who wait” and so on. As I read these, there feels like a sense of struggle has to be experienced if anything of value or worth is to come to us.

I will fully admit, I am a person who doesn’t like waiting.  Not for the subway, not in the line at the bank, not for business to pick up, not for anything. Part of me feels like even though a bit unrealistic, we aren’t that crazy to feel this way. That is why we are here, right?  To experience life. I feel like it’s valid to have the things we want, live the life we want, and do the things we want because it is our divine right as human beings.

And then my teacher read this passage and “patience” became something new. Does being patient mean “having to wait” or does it simply mean, being present in the moment? Having appreciation for where you are in that breath in that time and space because when you are present, you are free. Free from waiting for anything. Can patience actually lead to freedom from waiting?

When I was in training, I remember my teacher, Rodney Yee, saying that the best way to pass the time is to be present. From a yoga perspective this makes perfect sense. When you are in a pose that is challenging and all you can think about is, “when will it be over???”, if you come back to your breath, drop in to being fully present, you begin to feel a sense of freedom. And then it’s over and you move into another pose.  Can this be applied when we are off the mat?

Many of us have experienced the class where we started to move and in a blink we were in Savasana. We may have even wondered how we got there so fast. Was this a divine moment of being present? Was this a divine moment of being patient? Was this total and complete freedom?

Is there a time when you didn't want to wait anymore? I know for me, there will many of these times to come. So, I want to thank my teacher for reading this passage in class. For I now have a new way to be patient, to be present, to be free.



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About the Author

After 15 years of Corporate experience in Project Management, Finance, and Procurement, Jeni James has traded in her nine to five for her yoga mat full time. After starting to dabble in yoga in 2003, she committed to a consistent practice and a yoga mind in 2009. The practice has transformed her physically, emotionally, & spiritually. Yoga has and remains to be a tool to maintaining a healthy body, mind, & spirit, and is a place to work through issues, become inspired, & get the answers to continue on the journey of life. It has changed her way of thinking and guided her to start living her passion. Now, she wants to teach you what she has learned, so you can manifest all of your dreams!

In 2012, Jeni became a certified Yoga Instructor. Trained by Rodney and Colleen Yee, the basis for Jeni's studies has been B.K.S. Iyengar. These studies, mixed with her love of Vinyasa flow and Power yoga create the daily practice for the retreats. The retreats also include the practice of YIN yoga to balance the movement of Vinyasa with meditative qualities of a more passive practice to help you go within.

Trained by Hila Kadem Ferguson in 2008, Jeni is also a Certified Reiki Master. This healing mechanism is what helps her connect people with their passions, determine next steps towards making a plan to move them along their path to pursuing their dreams.

Her love of yoga, travel, and helping people connect to key resources come together to create Tadasana Travel LLC.




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