Patience: The Art of Peaceful Living

Author Allen Lokos provides an introduction to his book.

Patience: The Art of Peaceful Living is a comprehensive exploration of one of life’s most essential, yet elusive virtues.
The author explores the nature of anger and impatience and offers in-depth practices for developing true patience to
the point where it becomes part of who we are.

We’ve all been told that patience is a virtue, but how many of us know how to cultivate it? Allan Lokos’ Patience: The Art of Peaceful Living provides practical methods to help develop genuine, open-minded patience. “Patience is born when we create a pause between our experience of a feeling and our response to that feeling,” Lokos writes. “Forgiveness has space to develop; fires have a chance to cool.” Mindfulness is an important tool for creating that space, and Lokos takes time to explore this theme in depth. To illustrate his points, Lokos also tells the personal stories—”Profiles in Patience”—of people he met during the writing of the book who have demonstrated extraordinary depths of patience, especially in trying circumstances. “When we lose patience it is because of how we experience a situation or event,” he writes. “It is not because of the situation or event itself.” As the founder of New York’s Community Meditation Center, Lokos directs his book to non-Buddhist readers as well as practitioners. “There is no question in my mind that the most impatient among us can, with calm effort and determination, overcome anger and impatience and lead happier, more satisfying lives.”—Tricycle Magazine

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