The near enemy of equanimity is indifference or callousness. We may appear serene if we say, “I’m not attached. It doesn’t matter what happens anyway, because it’s all transitory.” We feel a certain peaceful relief because we withdraw from experience and from the energies of life. But indifference is based on fear. True equanimity is not a withdrawal; it is a balanced engagement with all aspects of life. It is opening to the whole of life with composure and ease of mind, accepting the beautiful and terrifying nature of all things. Equanimity embraces the loved and the unloved, the agreeable and the disagreeable, the pleasure and pain. It eliminates clinging and aversion. ~Jack Kornfield
there is a code of conduct we all buy into without even being conscious of it…..the one that says we are strong and in control by being so…..may you come back to basics by being real and vulnerable……then we are truly strong and realize that control is not needed…..
inquiry for today~ where did you bury your heart today? where did you open?
The face in the stone is a mirror looking into you.
You have gazed into the moving waters
you have seen the slow light, in the sky
above Lough Inagh; beneath you, streams have flowed,
and rivers of earth have moved beneath your feet,
but you have never looked into the immovability
of stone like this, the way it holds you, gives you
not a way forward but a doorway in, staunches
your need to leave, becomes faithful by going nowhere,
something that wants you to stay here and look back,
be weathered by what comes to you, like the way you too
have traveled from so far away to be here, once reluctant
and now as solid and as here and as willing
to be touched as everything you have found.