Balance your mind through yoga

Balance does not always mean living in the middle. It means that you can even live at the edge but maintain a state of psychological stability, which remains undisturbed by our emotional experience. The term used for this in yoga is “equanimity”.

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Oct 20, 2017
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Balance does not always mean living in the middle. It means that you can even live at the edge but maintain a state of psychological stability, which remains undisturbed by our emotional experience. The term used for this in yoga is “equanimity”.

 

Equanimity stresses the importance of balance. A balanced heart is not an unfeeling heart; it feels pleasure without grasping and clinging at it, it feels pain without condemning or hating, and it stays open to neutral experiences with presence. It is experience without judgement. This lack of reactivity allows you observe your reaction as opposed to immerse yourself in it.

 

Your yoga practice offers an opportunity to become better at recognizing where, when, and how you get caught in or swept away by reactivity. Breathe in “let”, breathe out “go”.

 

It can be enticing to engage with the more positive aspects of our practice and disengage with moments of challenge to avoid fully experiencing them; the desire to feel good and avoid the unpleasant might very well condition your whole experience of practice. As you continue in your asana practice, at some point it's likely that factors outside your control—anatomical realities, injury, aging, or illness—will affect your practice. When they do, you have a chance to practice equanimity by letting go of your judgements, giving you the energy to persist, regardless of the outcome, because you are connected to the integrity of the effort itself. 

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Jodie Jackson

Constructive Journalism, Positive psychology, Yoga, Meditation, Coaching

I believe that we all have an exciting potential to contribute to our own wellbeing as well as others around us. With a few simple tips and know how, we can have greater mastery over the direction of our lives and take greater pleasure in the adventure. Join me on this journey as I share with you the things that I am thinking, writing, reading and watching and welcome your thoughts too!

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Geraldine about 1 year ago

Lovely, as a practising Buddhist the term equanimity is central. The less we react, the more we can choose our response and how much more wonderful life gets for us and those around us. Wishing you well Jodie x

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Jodie Jackson about 1 year ago

Hi Geraldine, thank you for your kind words and thoughtful response. Warm wishes x

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Reza Zolfagharifard about 1 year ago

I love the sentence "balance does not always mean living in the middle". It addresses a common misunderstanding. I agree with Jodie’s advice about yoga, and that we all have a huge potential to contribute to our own wellbeing. 

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Jodie Jackson about 1 year ago

Thank you Reza, I am pleased that sentence resonated with you. It was one of my favourites too. Warm wishes