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Practicing Equanimity

Practicing Equanimity

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Practicing Equanimity

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Jeremy Lipkowitz

Hello and welcome to the guided practice for day 7, today will be practicing with equanimity So, go ahead and find a comfortable position. And when you’re ready, you can allow your eyes to close. We can start by just taking a few deep breaths. So breathing in deeply. And breathing out slowly. One more time, breathing in deeply. And breathing out slowly. And then just allowing your breath to return to its natural Rhythm. Its natural pace And then just picking up the mindful breathing, practice. I’m turning into the feeling of the breath in the body. Just noticing that physical sensations of rising and falling.

 Again, if it helps with your concentration, you can just use the short phrase Rising with every in breath. And then falling with a real breath. Does paying attention to the feelings of the breath in the body and having the words, be very quiet in the background. Rising falling. Rising. Falling. And to cultivate Equanimity we can just set the intention to practice acceptance of whatever arises in this meditation. To not react to anything with hatred, or judgement, or craving. Just allowing things to be as they are. Just setting this intention for this meditation session. Do not react, but to just observe and pay attention. Keeping your inner peace. Your inner balance. 

so, whenever you notice that your mind is getting lost in thought Just gently acknowledge it again, not judging it, not reacting to it with aversion. But just letting it be. And then, you can gently bring your attention back to the breath in the body. Just feeling the rise and fall. Tapping into the raw texture of the breath. Another way we can practice Equanimity is by using the phrases. Whats the phrase? Right now, its like this. And so, whatever arises, whatever, emotions arise, whatever thoughts, arise. Whatever sounds or Body Sensations. Just noticing what arises and then gently saying the phrase right now, its like this. 

So if you are noticing a distracted mind or a Wandering mind just notice it distraction right now. Its like this. if you’re noticing restlessness, or anxiety jsut bring your attention to that. And acknowledge it right now. Its like this. Feeling the breath in the body. And allowing the breath to be as it is right now. The breath is like this. Bringing your mind down to the belly or the chest. just tapping into the right experience. 

Notice where is your attention right now? What are you noticing In This Moment? And then just bring up the phrase of equanimity right now, it’s like this. Using the breath as an anchor. So if you are ever completely lost in thought or you just don’t know what to do, you can always bring your attention back to the feeling of the breath.

 How are you relating to your experience right now? are you judging it in any way or having any aversion or craving for any experience? Just notice. And then, again, set the intention to practice equanimity. Setting the intention to just accept the things as they are. Whatever arises can we just notice it.

 And then to end this meditation, we can take a deep breath in together. So breathing in deeply, And breathing out slowly. Allowing your eyes to open. Coming back into the room and just connect with your senses, the sense of sight and sense of sound. Maybe check in with how you feel. Try to move again. So, great work. Practicing equanimity Tomorrow we’re going to learn how to deal with thoughts and were going to practice a technique for bringing our Wellness directly to the thinking mind. Now, enjoy the rest of your day and I’ll see you tomorrow.

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