Patience and Tranquility

It’s the action, not the fruit of the action, that’s important. You have to do the right thing. It may not be in your power, may not be in your time, that there’ll be any fruit. But that doesn’t mean you stop doing the right thing. You may never know what results come from your action. But if you do nothing, there will be no result.” – Mahatma Gandhi

Right action for right action’s sake – righteousness – is the central goal of truly generative living. Righteousness is not strictly a mental exercise, neither is it solely a matter of the heart. It comes as body, mind and heart are unified in purpose and function.

Aligning body, mind and heart is much simpler than you might imagine. To realign these three elements that make up what you have to express who you are, you must first cultivate in yourself an often overlooked, frequently misunderstood and regularly discounted quality of being: patience.

Patience relates primarily to your physical nature. Patience is an active state of abiding, not a passive state where you are holding back, twiddling your thumbs or biting your tongue. To be patient in this sense, you must deliberately focus on the beauty in the physical world around you while remaining unmoved by the misapplications in the world around you.

Once you’ve begun aligning your physical nature, you can move to bring your mental nature into alignment through the spirit of tranquility. Tranquility is not a reactive or a reflective state produced from the inside-out, rather, like patience tranquility is a radiant stance.

Tranquility is known when your feathers are no longer ruffled by outer circumstance, not because you steel yourself to them or live in denial, but because your mind is centered on the       wonderful one within – the real you. When you maintain this mental centering and alignment over time, you come to the point where the vicissitudes of life no longer consume your thoughts.

Right action for the sake of right action is within your reach. You need not withdraw from the world to be righteous, in fact, you need the world around you to ground the positive charge moving out from you. You have everything you need to get started here and now, so don’t delay!

Take your time, have fun with it, don’t beat yourself up and relax! You have something tremendously valuable to deliver to the world but you cannot manufacture it according to concepts about what would be right or good. Your gift will find expression as you gather yourself – your body, mind and heart – into one accord and one place. 

6 thoughts on “Patience and Tranquility

  1. Steve Ventola

    I was considering the matter of doing the right thing at the time every opportunity presents itself. It has become obvious in my awareness that as this is done it causes no baggage to accumulate from not doing the right thing. We don’t have the life draining reminders that arise about the things we did not handle right. This really does bring clean living. As it relates to patience and tranquility I see them as gifts as we are aligned with taking right action for right action’s sake.


  2. Joshua

    And a great day to start it was……spent with a borage of 6-7 year olds, on a birthday adventure to the movies….plenty of room for practical application. As it came to a close, I could only smile, at just how responsive their little eyes are to such a stance….as other adults present tried to take the low road of dictating repeatedly, with increasing sternness, accompanied by annoyance, in their voices, “do this , don’t do that” how tiring.
    Thanks for helping my perspective be rightly aligned from the get go!


  3. Joy

    How wonderful to know a little of the reality of your words Gregg. It is so easy to fight injustice and considered noble to do so, but what a greater blessing to interface with ones world from the high place you’re suggesting. Thank you for the reminder.


  4. Coco

    Beautifully and so elegantly explained, thank you. When I was reading this I was struck by the simplicity of your explanation. Righteousness has been so confused with self righteousness or maybe piety. The simple reasoning for creating the habit of doing the right thing for the sake of it was covered in yesterday’s post. Patience and tranquility become active as the position of radiance is understood and adopted as the default expression. I appreciate your clarity of thought and the diligence it requires to untangle the principles that can bring order out of chaos. Our lives can be controlled by the dark forces of confusion if we don’t make the effort to understand and consistently apply the simple laws of living.


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