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Satipatthana Sutta, Second Foundation: Equanimity

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Teacher: Rodney Smith
Date: 2010-12-21
Venue: Seattle Insight Meditation Center



Equanimity does not empower feelings to drive thoughts. It holds a feeling as a feeling and does not extend the feeling into a narrative on why this feeling is important. It does not add anything to the moment, allowing the moment to bloom on its own.


Equanimity is no longer living for the sake of a feeling. It is opening to the presence that holds feelings but is not directed by them. Equanimity simply means being open to what is occurring without resistance. Resistance is often embodied as strong opinions motivated by your feelings. This week recite the mantra “May I accept things as they are” and watch your tendency to interfere. Some events need your involvement and others do not. If you find yourself reacting, discover the feeling tone that is generating the reaction. Take some time until you can see what specific desire or fear is being generated by that feeling and what story is embellishing it. Then determine what the situation really needs from you and act.


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