A student once asked his Zen master, “How can I cultivate patience as a Spiritual Athlete?” The master replied, “Imagine a person standing in a field, waiting for a flower to bloom. They cannot force the flower to bloom, but they trust in the natural process and wait with patience and faith. In the same way, the Spiritual Athlete cultivates patience by trusting in the natural unfolding of their journey and waiting with patience and faith for things to unfold in their own time. By practicing patience, they can cultivate a deeper sense of inner peace and trust, and ultimately achieve a greater sense of oneness and connection with the universe.”

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This koan emphasizes the importance of cultivating patience as a key aspect of the Spiritual Athlete’s journey. Rather than being consumed by impatience or the need for control, the Spiritual Athlete cultivates a deep sense of patience and trust, waiting for things to unfold in their own time. By practicing patience in their daily life, the Spiritual Athlete can cultivate a deeper sense of inner peace and fulfillment, and ultimately achieve a greater sense of oneness and connection with the universe.

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