Moving Beyond the Presence. A State of Mind Between  Mindfulness and Equanimity

Equanimity, one of the most sublime and elevate emotions of Buddhist practice, is the manifested presence of wisdom and freedom as the protectors of true compassion and true love.

Generally, equanimity is considered something of dry neutrality or cool stillness, but in reality a mature equanimity produces a radiance and warmth of being. In fact the Buddha described a person filled with equanimity as “abundant, exalted, immeasurable, without hostility, and without ill-will.”

In the Buddhist tradition, the term “equanimity” (Upeksha in Sanskrit) is meant as complex construct that has been given multiple definitions along the discovery of buddhist philosophy. At its heart is the word for ‘Eye’ and ‘See’, with a prefix suggesting ‘gazing upon’ or observing without interference.

The modern interpretation of equanimity is a brief and incisive holistic vision that is: “an even-minded mental state or dispositional tendency toward all experiences or objects, regardless of their affective valence (pleasant, unpleasant or neutral) or source” (Jon Kabat-Zinn).

It is important to know that buddhist mindset deeply distinguishes between mindfulness and equanimity. Each of the states of mind are about the presence of the practitioner but they brings a different quality of mind to bear upon experience. Mindfulness emphasizes the ability to Be aware of what is happening in the field of consciousness about an experience, while equanimity allows to the awareness to be even and unbiased by facilitating an attitude of non-attachment and non-resistance, the same of going beyond the wall of the consciousness without to break that wall.

Equanimity is a change of prospective that happens as result of the practice and the mastery of mindfulness and in the specific it is a development of the “act” of non-judging.

Differently from indifference, non-judgement is a deep listening of the emotional sphere of the being that is sublimed in the heart chakra manifested as act of comprehension, compassion and forgiving without any attachment in front of the evolution of a given situation and/or a relationship.

Equanimity affirms: “I see, I love, I forgive and I move beyond the wall of the consciousness that is the reality, here and now”.

Author: Cristina Capucci

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