Have you ever caught yourself in an uncomfortable conversation with someone; instead of intently listening to them, your mind was already racing, hard at work, planning your response? We can find ourselves trying so hard to be "right" that we miss the entire message we could have learned from the encounter.
If we are not careful we can spend most of our lives in this reactionary state, defensive to the world around us, instead of fully experiencing what life is trying to teach us.
An important concept of our spiritual development is equanimity. The practice of equanimity is one of being open to whatever life throws at us without getting lost in our reactions of love and hate, fear or desire. When we stop being on guard to difficult conditions, we can begin to see beyond our fears and desires and live at a higher frequency of consciousness.
It is a theory that humans have evolved into a unique hybrid state of being; our physical body is still that of an animal, but we also have a causal body, a conscious soul.
Our animalistic primal instinct is to cling to everything that gives us pleasure and push away everything that makes us feel pain. Part of the human experience unfortunately includes times of both joy and suffering.
With equanimity we learn to allow these emotions that we experience to flow through us, instead of blindly reacting to them. In this mental pause, we often find that fears, that once immobilized us, are not quite as powerful as we once believed.
Without equanimity we often frustratingly demand that happiness occur on our terms, in the ways that we think it should, rather than just embracing and dealing with the way things are.
In your meditation and yoga practice this week try practicing equanimity. Embrace and experience whatever emotions arise in your practice. Instead of judging or reacting to the feelings, just become a silent witness to them. Soon negative emotions will dissipate back into thin air, like steam rising up from boiling water.
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