Rumi wrote, “Patience is not sitting and waiting, it is foreseeing. It is looking at the thorn and seeing the rose, looking at the night and seeing the day. Lovers are patient and know that the moon needs time to become full.”
We are at the beginning of a new month, a new season. The days are shorter, colder, darker, and beckon us to go inside ourselves. Yet, this period of introspection can be unsettling and at times even painful. But, maybe this also offers us the opportunity to learn to stay even with silence, with questions, with darkness and uncomfortable emotions and thoughts. Maybe we can learn to be patient with ourselves and with life in general. And, maybe we can look at the bare trees and know leaves will come, that times of sadness will transition to joy, and, as Rumi says, that the new moon will again be full.