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The Great Equanimity

As the world begins to shift yet again, divisions deepen. People act from places of fear and frustration; patience runs thin.


The last line of The Four Limitless Ones chant resonates with me lately:

May we dwell in the great equanimity, free from passion, aggression and prejudice.


A story has been circulating, with a video I haven't watched, about young men who pushed a park ranger into a body of water when he asked them to practice social distancing. It is easy for me to feel indignation, to mourn the lack of manners, empathy, respect on the part of the young people. Others in my circle of friends go farther, expressing rage. Yet for people in different circles, it is just as easy to applaud their boldness, this exuberant rebelliousness. Maybe the growth comes through contemplating The Great Equanimity, to look with compassion upon all.



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