Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Starting from a neutral place...

Give more attention to the neutral things, build equanimity. It helps to encounter events starting from a neutral place.

Have you ever felt like the world was spinning around out of control? Perhaps you've heard people say they just want to get off the Merry-Go-Round? You are not alone...

The dizzying, whirling, agitated, always running behind, running on empty feeling is the result of the pressurized world we live in. YOU have to put your shoulder to the wheel, YOU have to show up on time. YOU have to keep up "appearances"... all the while keeping the family fed, getting them to shool/soccer/music lessons/church! And YOU have to accomplish it all with a smile on your face!

Every once in awhile you see/meet/observe someone who seems untouched by the stress. They get everything done...with aplomb!  How?

They have reached a state of equanimity. They don't dwell on the lows, nor do they get too high. They return quickly to the mid-point. Begin by focusing on the neutral things; the plain, simple objects and events of life. Concentrating there will pull you away from the "doldrums" and stop you from going over the top... Experience the beauty in no-thing, the hush of simplicity.

Look today for the neutral things around you and let them calm you...



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