Report 76 - Equanimity

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    As I rest in this “Abode,” I am suddenly aware that I harbor a strong preference:

    “It should have been the first one we explored.”


    How could I give Metta to a world so fragmented and judged by my own preferences?  How could I be compassionate in a world so wounded by my own prejudice?


    How, indeed, can I be loving and compassionate to myself as I cling to so many notions of “individual specialness”?

    Especially resourceful and independent, especially wasteful of freedom and resources, especially experienced in diverse activities, especially cloistered in a tiny hermit cosmos, etc. etc.


    Equanimity is, for me, a far more challenging ‘abode’ than either loving-kindness or compassion.  I could avoid giving loving-kindness and compassion to myself while almost totally focusing on “others.”  With equanimity, I am challenged to look into worlds that mirror my own projections, judgments, and reactiveness.


    And thus the practice expands:

    Looking inward and looking outward, seeing whatever rises free of preference and prejudice.


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    Originally written on 20:15, 20 Nov 2010
    Hi Bruce!

    Just noticed that in some renderings of the four immeasurables, equanimity is first as you intuited --

    Thanks for your perceptive and thoughtful participation!

    Posted 08:38, 21 Nov 2010
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