Equanimity

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Blogged by: Sue Barrett
Created on: January 7, 2011 at 1:58 pm
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What would the world be like if we all were able to function from a constant state of equanimity?  Here are the definitions of Equanimity as found on Wikipedia:

Equanimity is a state of mental or emotional stability or composure arising from a deep awareness and acceptance of the present moment Equanimity is promoted by several major religious groups.

Hinduism

In Hinduism, equanimity is the concept of balance and centeredness which endures through all possible changes in circumstances. According to the Bhagavad Gītā, one may achieve equanimity through meditation.

Equanimity does not mean sitting around inactive while things are happening, or escaping from the world, or suppressing one’s feelings. Equanimity is operating from the state of supreme watchfulness without an iota of attachment or aversion. ….. A mind of equanimity is an original pure mind free from all suppression, fear, dullness and ignorance.

Buddhism

In Buddhism, equanimity (upekkhā, upekṣhā) is one of the four immeasurables and is considered:

Neither a thought nor an emotion, it is rather the steady conscious realization of reality’s transience. It is the ground for wisdom and freedom and the protector of compassion and love. While some may think of equanimity as dry neutrality or cool aloofness, mature equanimity produces a radiance and warmth of being. The Buddha described a mind filled with equanimity as “abundant, exalted, immeasurable, without hostility and without ill-will.”

Yoga

Equanimity (upeká¹£hā) is also mentioned in Patañjali’s Yoga Sutras (1.33), as one of the four sublime attitudes, along with loving-kindness (maitri), compassion (karuṇā), and joy (mudita). This list is identical to the four immeasurables in Buddhist literature. The Upeksha Yoga school foregrounds equanimity as the most important tenet of a yoga practice.

Judaism

Many Jewish thinkers highlight the importance of equanimity (menuhat ha-nefesh or yishuv ha-da’at) as a necessary foundation for moral and spiritual development. The virtue of equanimity receives particular attention in the writings of rabbis such as Menachem Mendel Lefin and Simcha Zissel Ziv.
Christianity

Samuel Johnson defined equanimity as “evenness of mind, neither elated nor depressed.” In Christian philosophy, equanimity is considered essential for carrying out the theological virtues of gentleness, contentment, temperance, and charity.
Islam

The word “Islam” is derived from the Arabic word Aslama, which denotes the peace that comes from total surrender and acceptance. Being a Muslim can therefore be understood to mean that one is in a state of equanimity.

The Allure of Narcissistic Spirituality

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Blogged by: Sue Barrett
Created on: January 7, 2011 at 1:53 pm
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I had the opportunity to read this grounding, insightful article and am grateful for its guidance to a more connected path.  It is entitled ‘The Allure of Narcissistic Spirituality’ written by Rabbi Allan Lurie and appeared in Huffington Post on 6 January 2011.