Sharon Salzberg on equanimity (uppekha)
- "Consider how the sky is unharmed by the clouds that pass through it,
whether they are light and fluffy-looking or dark and formidable. A
mountain is not moved by the winds blowing over it, whether gentle or
fierce. The ocean is not destroyed by the waves moving on its
surface, whether high or low. In just that way, no matter what we
experience, some aspect of ourselves remains unharmed. This is the
innate happiness of awareness . . .
"[In this state], some part of ourselves is not sitting elsewhere
waiting for something better or different to happen. We are not
relating to our experience with either desire or aversion, but rather
we accept what comes into our lives and let go of whatever leaves our
lives. We are completely present and not beguiled by the token
happiness promised by conventional assumptions. In experiencing
[this freedom], we discover who we actually are."
- Sharon Salzberg, "Lovingkindness: The Revolutionary Art of
Happiness," Shambhala Publications, 1995
May this be of benefit.