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“The real meaning of upekkha is equanimity, not indifference in the sense of unconcern for others…upekkha means equanimity in the face of the fluctuations of worldly fortune. It is evenness of mind…a state of inner equipoise that cannot be upset by gain and loss, honor and dishonor, praise and blame, pleasure and pain. Upekkha is freedom from all points of self-reference; it is indifference only to the demands of the ego-self with its craving for pleasure and position, not to the well-being of one’s fellow human beings.” –Bhikkhu Bodhi
“Develop a mind that is vast like the water,
where experiences both pleasant and unpleasant
can appear and disappear without conflict, struggle, or harm.
Rest in a mind like vast water.” –Buddha
1. Can you remember a time in your life when you felt present, poised and balanced while in the midst of some exciting or difficult activity? Or a time when you felt very present for what was happening and yet able to see the bigger picture of what was occurring? How did it feel not being caught up and lost in the activity, yet still experiencing it? How did it feel in your body?
2. Some people are put off by ideas of equanimity, fearing it asks us to have an aloofness or cool indifference to our experience and the world around us. What are your ideas about equanimity? How do you distinguish it from indifference or dry neutrality?
3. What are some factors that help you be equanimous? How does meditation help? What understandings help? How might you bring these supportive factors more regularly to your life?
During meditation practice, see if you can notice any feelings of poise, calm and evenness. If you don’t experience these feelings, explore what prevents you from feeling settled, connected and balanced with what has arisen.
If it’s helpful, gently repeat these phrases:
Breathing in, I calm my body.
Breathing out, I calm my mind.
May I learn to see the arising and passing of all things with equanimity and balance.
May I be open and balanced and peaceful.
May I accept things just as they are.
Source- Insight Meditation Community of Charlottesville