There are many different ways to speak of equanimity and awareness. Most of the spiritual speakers and writers of the world will point to these two principles in some way. They may only point to things that point to these things, but still, they are on the same track to seeing it. They may also not know what they are pointing at, but say it in a way that you can translate it back to something that works for you and aligns with your understanding and experience of what it means to be equanimous.
For example, Stephen Silver, a character designer does what he calls Art Talks on Youtube. In one of the talks he says something like this, “You’re never going to get everything you desire. When you fulfill one desire, you’ll have another one that you want to get. So at some point, you realize you just have to appreciate the moment and where you’re at now.”
Another artist, Jeff Watts, quoted in one of his videos, “Be a master at where you’re at.”
There are many ways of saying the same things. Be aware. Be equanimous. Another example is Abraham Hicks, who says many things along the lines of, “You think that this or that thing makes this other person happy. And you think, when I get those things, I’ll be happy like they seem to be, but it doesn’t work that way. We say, be happy first, and those things will come, and if they don’t it won’t matter because you’ll be happy regardless.”
Another person who channels energy known as Bashar has said that the definition of abundance (or awareness and equanimity) is “having the ability to do what you need to do when you need to do it.” When you’re in the zone, or with the moment, or better said, not chasing something special elsewhere, you’ll be abundant. That awareness and realization that there’s nowhere else you need to be brings peace. Any direction is an attachment and a form of escape or a dissipation of energy, but were all on different paths, and equanimity is a sliding scale.
Your completeness or incompleteness will change. Don’t try to find one or the other. That implies you lack equanimity. Just be and come back to breath. Activate anicca, as U Ba Khin says. Be aware of the change, and equanimity will follow naturally.
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