Last updated December, 2016.
Everything changes, nothing is permanent: equanimity is a concept tied to this truth.
It is defined as "mental calmness, composure, and evenness of temper, especially in a difficult situation."
Why is equanimity important?
The way we normally treat thoughts, emotions, people, places, things (i.e., everything in life) is by judging, labeling, and categorizing them. We cling to (and chase) what we determine to be good/positive. And, we push away (run from, avoid) what we determine to be bad/negative.
Equanimity dictates we adopt a neutral view instead. Drop the labels and judgment, and see reality as it is - without the mental filters and constructs we usually place on top of it.
This view helps end our internal struggle with impermanence. Everything that comes will go. Equanimity combats our minds' attempts to make it all permanent by "clinging to" this and "pushing away" that.
Equanimity has another benefit: it helps end the self-imposed suffering (worry, anxiety, frustration, depression, et cetera) that comes from judging, labeling, and generally trying to control experience.
And, it frees up the time and energy previously spent on "mental gymnastics" to use for what's happening right here and now - in the present moment.
As such, it aids you in more skillful decisions, actions, and reactions.
"Neither a thought nor an emotion, it is rather the steady conscious realization of reality's transience [impermanence]. Equanimity is the ground for wisdom and freedom." - Gil Fronsadal
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