Equanimity is the quality of being even-tempered and unaffected by outside influences. It does not mean that you are indifferent to what is happening around you; you just don't allow it to upset your inner peace. Here's a basic equanimity practice. Whenever you feel a strong emotion coming on — a response to pain or pleasure, success or failure, extreme stress or thorough relief — say to yourself, "This, too, will pass."

  • In an essay in Peace Is the Way Henri Nouwen writes about not judging either friends or enemies.
  • Naomi Levy in To Begin Again recommends allowing ourselves to cry and bask in the healing peace of tears.

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