What is the Meaning of Equanimity?
Definition of equanimity: Mental composure or calmness; evenness of temper. Peace, what a wonderful thing. Everyone of us wants tranquility. For instance, like when we stop and gaze at the beautiful scenery. For the time being, it removes all our stress, our troubles, it empties us of the things that cause us to be busy inside ourselves. Every moment of every day we are usually thinking about something.
But what we’re going to talk about here is the thoughts that cause us to feel pain or pleasure from humiliation or honor. This is a form of pride. We feel the pain of pride when things don’t go our way or when people say or do things that we don’t like. Jealousy also takes it toll on us. That was our lows, now for the high. Recognition, we all love it and some of us can’t survive without it, it can become an obsession.
To some, it can be very painful to not be honored for what they’ve done. Some even go as far as honoring themselves. You might say, “But don’t we deserve to be honored for the good things we do”, No!, God does. Luke 18:19 Jesus said to him, ‘ Why do you call me good? No one is good but God alone’. He’s the one that puts us in the positions to make a choice, whether we are going to do good or not. Goodness comes to us from God, just like evil comes to us from Satan.
We’re in the middle of both worlds, but we can only have one world, your choice. You gave your life over to God. Provided you are on the right road, you have to remember that from then on, all things are going to be learning experiences, unless of course you took your will back. You have to be “aware”, you can’t practice equanimity if you are not aware. One needs to be on an equal plane at all times. We need to be at a place called “nothingness”. This is where you feel no pain from humiliation or you feel no joy or should I say, “Pride in being honored”.
In practicing equanimity, you will keep the ocean within you calm, where there will not even be a ripple. You also will not be able to harm anyone, either physically or emotionally. You can hurt people and yourself by being humiliated or honored. You have to think about this,there’s just too many ways it can happen. Humiliate: injure the dignity or self-respect of. Humility: humbleness; meekness: piously gentle in nature. Humble: lower the rank or status of. Accept humiliation.
1Peter 5:5-8 To the rest of you I say, ‘ Do what the elders tell you, and all wrap yourselves in humility to be servants of each other, because God refuses the proud and will always favor the humble. Bow down, then, before the power of God now, and He will raise you up on the appointed day; unload all your worries on to Him, since He is looking after you. Be CALM but vigilant, because your enemy the devil is prowling round like a roaring lion, looking for someone to eat’.
Proverbs 15:33 The fear of God is a school of wisdom, humility goes before honor.
Proverbs 18:12 The human heart is haughty until destruction comes, humility goes before honor.