Patience is crucial to the spiritual path. We need patience with the Dharma, with our practice, with ourselves, with others as well as with the path.
Patience means that we neither want what was before nor what comes after, that we are at peace with what is.
If we actually just focus on the moment, discomfort disappears. Discomfort is always produced by the discrepancy between where we are, what we are doing, and where we have our attention. It is true of a moment of meditation, but it is also true of the path in general. As long as our mind is ‘there’ and not ‘here’ there will be discomfort.
That is why the teaching of Buddha Nature is so important. There is no goal that is not already present. There is nothing to attain. The ground, the basis is the result. It is already here. When we are looking at the path as a very long, involved complex process of attainment, ‘that’ makes it long. When we take the Buddha Nature as both the ground and the fruit; the path is one body, one life.
There is no contradiction; it is a different way of looking at it. If you think you are an imperfect being and you have to become perfect, it is a very very long path. If you accept the View that Buddha Nature is not a ‘potential’ but a full reality now, than the path is very short.
Remember time is a mental construct. It does not really exist. It is nothing but a sequence of attention. So, if our attention is on now, there is no length to that sequence — it is right here and right now.