Wat Pa Tam Wa, Mae Hong Son, Thailand. Photo by JoAnn Saccato
How can I attain peace in this moment? How can I get to equanimity? Once I have it, how can I hold onto it?
Equanimity, that deep sense of peaceful well being, is highly sought after in these days of social and emotional turmoil. Now more than ever, as our hearts, minds and bodies are being taxed with our present conditions, we are seeking refuge. We are all looking for a break from what is happening, much less a perpetual state of calm mind amidst anything disturbing.
How can I attain peace in this moment? How can I get to equanimity? How can I hold onto it?
There’s usually a litany of actions and steps that come to mind that may include trying to create certain conditions, or to stop or change what is happening in our bodies, homes, workplace, communities, nations, and the world. We think the answer lies somewhere in struggling and wrestling with current conditions, trying to bend them to our liking or stop them completely.
As it turns out, while there are things we can actively do to help this deep pleasant peacefulness that we call equanimity arise, it’s actually a different and more restful path.