Equanimity: Moving Beyond Empathy and Sympathy

Equanimity can be considered as a state of balance between mind and spirit. Leonard Nimoy played the character Spock in “Star Trek”. Spock depicted a person that was capable of experiencing thoughts and emotions but (almost) never let these human attributes control his sense of being.


Clarity is experienced when our existence is viewed from a field of indifference to any given thought, emotion, person or situation. It is useful for practical purposes to have empathy and even sympathy in our experiences as a human being. However a state of unawareness usually causes us to become lost or trapped within the structures of the unobserved mind. This is why practicing equanimity can change how we see ourselves and the world around us.

Wikipedia defines Equanimity as “a state of psychological stability and composure which is undisturbed by experience of or exposure to emotions, pain, or other phenomena that may cause others to lose the balance of their mind.” Equanimity is recognized, shared and practiced by many religions and spiritual teachings.”

Equanimity and Life Awareness

Buddha and Buddhist teachings offer this insight.  – *In Buddhism, equanimity (upekkhā, upekṣhā) is one of the four sublime attitudes and is considered:

Neither a thought nor an emotion, it is rather the steady conscious realization of reality’s transience. It is the ground for wisdom and freedom and the protector of compassion and love. While some may think of equanimity as dry neutrality or cool aloofness, mature equanimity produces a radiance and warmth of being. The Buddha described a mind filled with equanimity as “abundant, exalted, immeasurable, without hostility and without ill-will.” (*Wikipedia)

The contents of our existence, whether of mind or body, are helpful in our daily activities. Nevertheless these can also be very manipulative and restrictive concerning conscious awakening. Thoughts and emotions can be excellent students of life. However they cannot and should never be the teacher or master of this mystery.

The experience of life can best be done through active awareness to the realm and vibrating frequency of pure consciousness. This universal intelligence is beyond the mind, body and soul but still a part of everything. This mysterious energy flows through you and you flow through it. You are essentially pure oneness.

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