Welcome and Namaste 🙂
Today we are exploring into the practice of EQUANIMITY - one of the main skills that we cultivate in a meditation practice.
Equanimity means to "maintain mental calmness, composure, and evenness of temper, especially in a difficult situation."
Are there certain people or situations that trigger anger, rage, and make it difficult for you to keep your cool?
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Equanimity is the antidote to those habitual reactions, thoughts and unconscious patterns that arise in our lives that tend to pop right up to the surface when we feel tense or threatened.
We all have people in our lives that we could practice more equanimity with, whether it be co-workers, in-laws or friends-of-friends with whom there is a tendency towards friction.
Those of us who are parents, it can be especially difficult yet extremely important to practice equanimity with our children. Let's face it, as much as we love them, sometimes those children are butt-holes! 🙂
From equanimity arises this ability to respond more from a place of intelligence and love as opposed to from our habitual patterns and reactions that might NOT be so based in compassion or true intellect.
Equanimity is one of the Four Noble truths of Buddhism.
And meditation is a gateway to Equanimity. In today's practice we'll explore equanimity in one of my favourite ways, by cultivating opposite feelings or sensations simultaneously.
I hope that you find today's exploration helpful in your meditation journey.
Do you have a story where equanimity came in to save the day in a particular challenge in your life?
Have you ever practiced this skill of welcoming opposite sensations to be there simultaneously?
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