noun: mental or emotional stability or composure, especially under tension or strain; calmness; equilibrium.
To have the gift of equanimity is one of my greatest aspirations.
In the past, I have been ruled by the swings of my moods, my emotions, my reactions. But thankfully, over the past half a year of soul-searching, introspection and yes, at times, pure unadulterated dukka, I have begun to find my way towards this gift. I am beginning to not only understand and accept, but to appreciate the fact that suffering is a part of everyone's life, just as joy and happiness and comfort are. Discomfort, disequilibrium, stress...all of these are messengers to us that change is necessary. I have come to truly realize that facing our fears and our worries, although frightening and painful at times, is also the key to our growth and to our becoming more of our true selves.
So now, when faced with a challenge (you know, like a soaking wet and smelly basement floor) I can reflect: "It's just life." No matter what it is, it is just that...life. And for a moment, I grasp the true gift of equanimity.