Jackie brought our focus to the fourth Brahma Vihara, Equanimity, centering on a talk titled “Equanimity – Meeting in the Middle, by Joseph Goldstein, from April 2012, at the Forest Refuge.
As with all the Brahma Viharas, the meditative practice which fosters equanimity often makes use of the heartfelt iteration of traditional phrases. Here are phrases for the cultivation of equanimity, should you wish to explore them.
Joy and sorrow arise and pass away. This is part of the journey.
Whether I understand it or not, things are unfolding according to a lawful nature.
Things are just as they are right now.
May I accept this just as it is.
May I accept/open to how it is right now.
No matter how I might wish things to be otherwise, things are as they are.
May my heart be at ease with the outer/inner changing conditions of life.
May my heart incline towards equanimity.