Calmness is a state of balance between mind and consciousness. We can describe this calm state as being equanimous. Leonard Nimoy played the character Spock in Star Trek. Spock depicts a person capable of experiencing thoughts and emotions. But, never (well at least almost never 😊) let these human attributes control his state of being.
Indifference and non-attachment to thoughts, emotions, people, or situations nurtures clarity. Of course, empathy is useful in practical situations. And, even sympathy is beneficial in our interactions. However, these emotions actually cause an imbalance in an unaware person’s state of being. On the other hand, the practice of equanimity changes how you see yourself, the mind, and everything around you.
Here is the Wikipedia’s link and info for Equanimity. We innate know that there is calmness within the spaciousness of presence. But, the mind still has a strong influence over our perception of living life. Especially, when too many thoughts and emotions overshadow our awareness of here and now.
Equanimity and the Experience of Calmness
*In Buddhism, equanimity (upekkhā, upekṣhā) is one of the four sublime attitudes. Neither a thought nor an emotion, it is rather the steady conscious realization of reality’s transience. It is the ground for wisdom and freedom and the protector of compassion and love. While some may think of equanimity as dry neutrality. Or cool aloofness. Instead, mature equanimity produces a radiance and warmth of being. The Buddha described a mind filled with equanimity as “abundant, exalted, immeasurable, without hostility and without ill-will.” (* Paraphrase text from Wikipedia)
The details of our existence, whether of mind or body, are helpful in daily activities and practical purposes. Nevertheless, the mind of an unconscious person is manipulative and restrictive. Thoughts and emotions can be excellent students of life. But, cannot and should never be the teacher or master of this mystery.
Active awareness of presence offers the clearest understanding of this moment. Universal and life energy are not of mind or body. But, still these frequencies manifest in everything. Thus, we experience life through active awareness to the realm and vibrating frequency of pure consciousness. This universal intelligence is beyond the mind and body. But, still a part of everything. This mysterious energy flows through you and you flow through it. You are essentially a universal state of pure being.
Wishing you a happy and safe day.
P.S. Here is the link to a previous article that shares more insight about Equanimity