One of the hardest and yet most powerful practices in mindfulness is the practice of equanimity. This is mental calmness despite what is arising around you. It is radical acceptance at the deepest level, and when you can come to accept what it is – even if you don’t like what is – things begin to shift; you are no longer stuck in cycles of judgment and reactivity. This provides you freedom because you are no longer dependent on external circumstances to determine your mood, your emotions or your present moment experience. Equanimity does not mean you don’t care; in fact, it’s the deepest wisdom to acknowledge that “it is what it is.” It is the ability to see things as they are, without instantly judging it as “good or bad” or “positive or negative.” Equanimity can also serve to regulate our nervous system, helping us to stay calm even in overwhelming situations.
I’m hosting my yearly end of the year workshop Let Your Sh*t Go (which this year of course will be a virtual zoom event) on Wednesday Dec. 30 at 10am PST. Register here: https://app.acuityscheduling.com/schedule.php?owner=17719296&appointmentType=18892514