ON BEING COLUMN – A Safe Space in Equanimity

A Safe Space in Equanimity

Weekly Column By Sharon Salzberg for On Being Blog
Published April 9th, 2016

We can learn to be present with emotions without falling into the extremes of overwhelm or denial. Equanimity is the state in which we can recognize an emotion like anger and even feel its intensity, but we also pay attention to our own choice in how we respond to a given feeling, thought, or circumstance. Rather than allowing our minds to spin stories about our life-long anger or inability to cope with the difficulties of life, we can create space for ourselves to feel without drowning in a given feeling. The creation of that space is the essence of equanimity.

Sharon Salzberg

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