Mindful Moments: Lessons In Equanimity

EquanimityTrees are beautiful in their peace; they are wise in their silence.
They will stand after we are dust.
They teach us, and we tend them.
-Altiem MacDunelmor

I love the word equanimity. Just saying the word fills me with a sense of relaxation in my body and soul. My life has had its stresses lately and it is equanimity that I strive for.

I watch the tree outside my kitchen window on days when it basks in the sun and sways with the breeze.  I watch it also on stormy days as it bends with the strong winds and heavy storms.

As I grow in spiritually, I notice how I am able to bend with a little more easily. I allow myself to experience the feelings of fear, worry and sadness. Feeling those feelings fully is an important part of my humanness.  I am learning that pain and pleasure are transient.  I find myself clinging less to how I want things to be and making peace with the way they are. Like the tree…bending with, not fighting against.

So maybe this is true equanimity…cultivating the ability to wear life more loosely. And understanding that everything comes and goes and hard times do not last forever. When I stop clinging to the way I want things to be I find myself in a state of gentle ease and flow.

I stand more and more like the tall the tree in my yard…flowing with the hard knocks of life. Knowing that the storm will pass and the sun will shine again.

And I bow in deep gratitude for this knowing.

Brenda Strausz is a holistic psychotherapist with a practice in Southfield, MI. She combines traditional and alternative techniques to help you live with more ease, joy and freedom. Her belief in the healing power of love and forgiveness guides her work. She can be reached through her website at www.BrendaStrausz.com or dearbrenn@aol.com.

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