“Are you sometimes “in the clouds” and at other times in the depths of despondency?”
And so goes one of the questions that was asked in Oliver Tausend’s blog that created the springboard for this topic on equanimity.
- Are you sometimes so elated and happy that you cannot contain your joy and on other times, are you so depressed and anxious that you lose sleep over something?
- Are you living your life in extremes?
- Is it hard for you to find a middle ground?
Before we could answer these questions, it is best to define what equanimity is.
According to Wikipedia, Equanimity is:
A state of mental or emotional stability or composure arising from a deep awareness and acceptance of the present moment.
In Hinduism, equanimity is the concept of balance and centeredness which endures through all possible changes in circumstances.
The Buddha described a mind filled with equanimity as “abundant, exalted, and immeasurable, without hostility and without ill-will.”
Samuel Johnson defined it as “evenness of mind, neither elated nor depressed.”
In Christian philosophy, it is considered essential for carrying out the theological virtues of gentleness, contentment, temperance, and charity.
To Sum It Up, Equanimity Is That State Of Being In
The Middle. No Excesses Of Emotions; No Extreme
Feelings; Not Too Much Or Too Little Of Anything.
In one of the workshops I have attended a long time ago, the equanimity exercise was introduced to us by way of practice. That means that the entire time that we were in the workshop; we should find opportunities where we could put it into good use. I eventually found myself arguing with a participant and as I was tempted to blurt out something that would have triggered a non-stop debate, I caught myself just in time and allowed a sense of mindfulness to come. I realized that I could really engage in a healthy debate without being too consumed by my emotions. It helped me see things clearly.
My point in bringing this to everybody’s attention, especially those who are engaged in the MLM network marketing industry, is that: in everything that we do especially in our business dealings, we should strive to take things calmly and not let our emotions control us.
The demands of the industry will always pull us in different directions – up, down; triumph, defeat; success, failure; pleasure, pain; and these haywire feelings may consume us, which could adversely affect how we think things through and how we handle our business in the long run. But if we have practiced equanimity, we become mindful of our feelings and emotions, we keep ourselves at bay, act accordingly, and not regret any spur of the moment actions and decisions.
Do You Practice Equanimity?
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To Your Success,