your capacity toward inevitability

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I wish that you will continue your journey and practice with much wisdom. Use the wisdom that you have already developed to persevere in practice. This can become the ground for your growth, for the deepening of yet greater understanding and love. If you find yourself lazy, then work to strengthen those qualities which overcome it. If you are timid in practice, then work with your mind so that you overcome that. With the proper effort and with time, understanding will unfold by itself. But in all cases, use your own natural wisdom. You come to where you have no more questions, to that place of silence, to the place in which there is oneness. And only you can do that.    ~Ajahn Chaa

from an intention to serve, your path becomes more willing….

inquiry for today~   when equanimity feels far away, maybe you can trust in those who have come before……all of that letting go is actually a dedication to remember…..

what is never broken

Equanimity is upekkha- one of the what the Abhidhamma calls “the universal, beautiful factors of the mind.” These are a group of mental qualities that always arise together in every wholesome mind state; faith or confidence, mindfulness, self-respect, non-greed, non-hatred, and pliancy. Equanimity, as one of these beautiful universals, is the mental factor called “neutrality of mind.” The first way we experience the cool, restful quality of equanimity is in the peace and balance it brings to our daily lives. Each of us is touched by what are called “the eight worldly vicissitudes.” These are the endlessly changing conditions of gain and loss, praise and blame, fame and disrepute, and pleasure and pain. When equanimity is developed, we ride these waves with balance and ease. As each of these insights matures within us, we pass through various stages. In some stages, the mind is filled with exhilarating rapture when we see clearly for the first time the very rapid rise and fall of phenomena. In other stages, there is a great clarity, when we understand more deeply what is the path and what is not. Here we learn not to cling even to the special meditative states of rapture and happiness. We also go through the dark night of the soul that St. John of the Cross described. There are periods of profound distress, where we see that nothing at all in conditioned existence can provide a true and lasting happiness. But if we persevere on the path, we reach the culmination of mundane meditative insights, which is the powerful state of equanimity about all formations. This is a state of deep delight born of peace.    ~Joseph Goldstein

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