Month: February, 2015

Equanimity and rewards of meditation

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Following the yoga sutras, we will discuss and meditate on how to gain equanimity and what the rewards of meditation are.

You may ask: why should I be interested in this topic?

We live in a culture in which having fun seems to be the ultimate goal. So many parents ask their children when they pick them up from school: “Have you had fun today?” “Have fun” and “enjoy” have become maxims we feel we are supposed to live by. If we are not having fun, something is wrong, we may think.

If you found what you enjoy doing, something that fulfills you, keep doing it. However, often, what is fun today, is boring tomorrow and we feel we have to up the ante. This keeps us on the chase, draws us away from our center and the constant excitement may even deplete us, thus creating imbalances on the physical, mental and emotional levels. On this constant hunt, we may lose the ability and art of being content, of enjoying the moment, a peaceful mind, and being happy with what is.

The yogic answer to this dilemma is multifaceted. One of the prescriptions is building equanimity.  It is expressed in Yoga Sutra I.33.  The version below is interpreted by Nischala Joy Devi:
 

Kindness to those who are happy
Compassion for those who are less fortunate
Honor for those who embody noble qualities
Equanimity to those whose actions oppose your values.

 

Although this may sound too simple, applying these directions is a whole different story. If you are interested in learning more about how to remain cool, calm, and collected in otherwise challenging situations, join our meditation/discussion class on Wednesdays at 7:45pm at Grapevine Yoga.