Disciplines of the Spirit, Part 1, 1960 September 25


This initial lecture in the Disciplines of the Spirit series is a discussion about the development of patience through the discipline of growth. Thurman describes discipline as the training, development, response to, and often responsibility for something. The spirit is disciplined, trained, cultivated, and fashioned by many things. One of these things is the experience of growth. Growth is characteristic of life and as our body continues to develop, so does our mind and spirit. In our initial stages of growth our desire to keep the interval between what we wish for and the fulfillment of that wish at zero. As we learn to negotiate the expanding time interval between wish and fulfillment, we develop patience.

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