We in the west have only a poor understanding as to waiting. What it is or how it accomplishes it's task. So I have borrowed extensively from an Eastern work, the I-Ching to gain a better understanding for us. Many think that one waits when one can go no further, when progress is blocked. But this is not waiting. This is obstruction. Obstruction imposes itself upon us. We are prevented. Waiting is different in character. In waiting we "Could" go ahead. We "Could" continue. Waiting means putting the brakes upon strength. A simple example would be a farmer sitting beside a bag of seed. He could get up and spread his seed into the field. But he does not. He chooses to await the spring. He puts the brakes upon his desire and awaits the right time for his undertaking. So to wait one must be in full position of ones strength. One must first be ABLE to wait. Waiting outlines our limitations in time. We can do many things, but we can do only a few things now. For the rest we must await the right time. . It has been said that 90 percent of our lives are spent in waiting. This is waiting seen as preparation. The farmer sitting beside his seed isn't doing nothing. He is waiting for the right time to arrive..Because he must. He cannot hurry the spring or plant in winter. He must work with the world not against it. So here we have been talking about waiting as a means of properly integrating oneself into the flow of time. The passing of the seasons and of daily life. This is waiting as preparation for a time that is to come. But there is another type of waiting. A waiting that is not altogether of the temporal world. A waiting that can begin in time yet find it's proper end in the eternal. A waiting that creates it's own time. A waiting that fulfills its self in waiting. A waiting without a goal in sight. A waiting that asks an indeterminate question by it's waiting. A waiting that is the answer wished for. Awaiting a proper state of mind. to open the waiting door to waiting waiting is slow time that pushes us to make a start. slows us that we might catch up Waiting, mind held in suspension, is contemplation. contemplation waits for understanding. waiting for strength to return is waiting to wait. How valuable to have a space between us and the work to be done. a pause that frees our limbs to movement. Space to benefit all beings. But for this we must wait until the time catches up with us, made easier if we wait.