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Equanimity

It's a different kind of 'mountaintop' experience

Equanimity is a state of inner balance that enables you to remain calm and centered amid all the turmoil in your life. An image often used to describe it is "being like the mountain." The mountaintop absorbs the sun in the same way that it takes in the rain, wind and snow. It doesn't care what the weather is. No matter what is going on around it, the mountain is still the mountain.

People who are masters of equanimity remain even-tempered despite outside influences. They've learned not to give in to their likes and dislikes, nor to react to situations according to their desires and aversions. This isn't easy in the modern world. Every day we are bombarded with thousands of images, all feeding our desires by linking happiness to buying, having or doing.


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