Embracing Equanimity by Jacquelyn
How do you deal with change?
Equanimity isn’t a word we use very often in daily life. We do often talk about how chaotic life is, how fast paced our days are and how challenging we find them. We talk about how we’re ‘tearing our hair out’, how we ‘don’t know whether we’re coming or going’, how we’re ‘barely keeping up’. Equanimity though, rarely comes up.
equanimity |ˌēkwəˈnimitē, ˌekwə-|nounmental calmness, composure, and evenness of temper, esp. in a difficult situation: she accepted both the good and the bad with equanimity . ~ online dictionary
I’d love to think that I dealt with all of my challenges, my chaos, with equanimity. (Family and friends, please insert laughter here.)
What I do know is that having practiced yoga for a few years now I am moving in the right direction. I am very much calmer than I used to be. I know that there will always be challenges and that some of them will seem overwhelming. But, I also know that I have an anchor, my breath.
My relationship with my breath has developed with my practice. I’d never noticed my breathing before I came to the yoga mat but now I can feel it even in the moments when I’m just aware that I’ve lost it. Moments of shocking news, anger or fear.
So, although I do still get separated from my breath, separated from myself, at least now I know that there’s something to come back to. That has been very comforting when times are challenging.
This week I’ll be focussing my classes on our search for equanimity. Whatever the nature of your current challenges, join me to connect to yourself.
Love and thanks, jacquelyn
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