Start Where : You : ArePosted: December 30, 2014 Filed under: Kindness, Meditation, Yoga | Tags: Bliss, Buddhism, Equanimity, love, meditation, New Year's, Omaha, passion, peace, WordPress, yoga, Zen 12 Comments
Nobody can hurt me without my permission-
The dictionary loosely defines equanimity as “mental calmness and evenness of temper, especially in a difficult situation.” Equanimity refers to a mind that is at peace even in the face of stressful and unpleasant experiences.
Many, if not all of us have experienced this dissatisfaction. The absence of peace arises from our longing for our live(s) to be different, even when we have absolutely no control over the particular circumstance(s) in question.
After sharing my numerous injuries and “circumstances” with you over the past four or so years, I have spent countless posts lamenting, nauseously, for my life to be the way it was before the surgeons incisions healed. The constant complaining found in the archives here, have made me miserable to be around. Gradually, with the help of some amazing and caring people (like you) – I came to witness that our lives have their share of both joy and suffering, and the only way I could find peace again was to stop trying to change circumstances over which I had no control of, and instead, choosing to start where I am at in this beautiful moment.
When I see that I am not just suffering, when I am not just frustration or sadness. When I notice during yoga class I’m not super flexible or the perfect manifestation of a particular pose … Equanimity helps me to calmly wait for “things” to change.
With equanimity, I try to start each day with where I am, looking around to see what life has to offer.
This has been a lesson I have learned this past year. Fortunately, with a lot of introspection and reflection, I feel i am at a place of looking at life with joy again…despite the circumstances of my health not changing. Attitude, I have found, IS everything! I wish you the best on your continued journey!
… You are an amazing and inspiring person, and I am truly fortunate and humbled that our paths crossed here in the wilds of the inter-webs 🙂
Making sunshine out of s#!t since ’92 brother, I feel your pain! I am glad you’re finding peace.
Happy New Year to you and your awesome family … Now only if the New Year could bring some sweet January riding weather – I’ll keep my fingers crossed! Thank you for your continued support once again, it truly means a lot to me,
Amen! And it’s my pleasure. 😎
i struggle to keep myself afloat in the challenges of my life and health, like you. I want you to know that I support you in all the aspects of you, equanimity and not 🙂
I hold your kindness and compassion close to my heart, some days its a ll that makes me warm, and puts a little smile on my face 🙂
May this New Year greet you kindly my friend – Take care!
I love this word, equanimity. It’s the summation of my practice…all of them. Happy New Year!
Happy New Year to you as well and may equanimity fill your heart the entire year – Take care!
Oh my gosh! I soooo need to remember that word! Thank you for the post!
Equanimity … It rolls right off your tongue no matter how “things” are going in life. 🙂
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