Meditation MP3 – The Heart’s Wisdom: Development of Equanimity (34:45)
The meditation on cultivating equanimity (upekkha) is the fourth of the Brahmaviharas, also known as the Divine Abidings or Immeasurables. It arises when lovingkindness meets an awareness of the reality of change in the world.
The meditation on cultivating equanimity (upekkha) is the fourth of the Brahmaviharas, also known as the Divine Abidings or Immeasurables. It arises when lovingkindness meets an awareness of the reality of change in the world. This is the fourth track from the double album, The Heart’s Wisdom
The practice of equanimity connects us with a deep appreciation of reality. We wish that beings be well, happy, and free from suffering, but at the same time we recognize that beings are largely responsible for their own happiness and suffering, and that there’s a limit to what we can personally do. This prevents us from being attached to the idea of being a “savior” while still leaving us free to act compassionately in the world.
The principle of equanimity is beautifully expressed in the serenity prayer:
God, grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change,
The courage to change the things I can,
And the wisdom to know the difference.
This meditation practice helps to turn that aspiration into an experiential reality.
This practice is guided by Bodhipaksa, a highly experienced meditation teacher with a soothing Scottish lilt.
Through the practice of the Brahmaviharas we can come to a profound sense of peace, an almost divine release from expectations, from judgment, from disappointment, and from the desire to control what is beyond our power to control. With this release arises a profound sense of calmness and a deep and enduring level of patience, a powerful sense of stillness and non-reactivity. We can arrive eventually at a deep acceptance of reality that is the fullness of the heart’ wisdom.
This guided meditation begins with an announcement of the track title, followed by approximately 30 seconds of silence to allow you time to set up your meditation posture.
Led by Bodhipaksa.
This MP3 file is encoded at 196kbps (high quality). The download includes the cover art (JPEG format) and liner notes (PDF format).
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