Continuing with the talk from Kamala Masters, “Equanimity-Seeing the World with Quiet Eyes“
Kamala poses a second question we can ask ourselves.
How can we stay aware yet compassionate towards ourselves when we do react?
We oftentimes judge ourselves after [reacting]. Then we’re paralyzed again, because we did or said something, it caused a kerfluffle, and now what do we do?
We can bring equanimity there also.
Kamala describes equanimity as: spacious, calm, balanced, well-grounded. Embodied, compassionate wisdom. She clarifies that it’s not like balancing on a razor’s edge, but rather like being on the top of a grounded mountain, and you see all sides. She says there is courage, patience, flexibility, perseverance, a sense of agency.
This spacious balance implies that the heart and mind can be big enough to contain all that life presents. Not just what we prefer.
She then shares one of my favorite poems from Izumi Shikibu (translation by Jane Hirshfield)
Watching the moon
I knew myself completely,
no part left out.
Guided Meditation: Mindful Magazine recently featured an excerpt from Tara Brach’s new book, Radical Compassion: Learning to Love Yourself and Your World with the Practice of RAIN. The excerpt describes Tara’s RAIN practice (Recognize, Allow, Investigate, Nurture), and includes text and a link for a guided practice.
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With warm wishes,