How to Practice Equanimity Meditation

The practice of mindfulness is not just about being aware of your surroundings, but it also applies to the mind and how you mentally respond to what's going on. While being aware of your surroundings and the thoughts that come up in your mind is helpful, equanimity meditation takes it one step further by ensuring you are not responding to every single thought that comes up in your mind, but rather you are responding only to the specific one you are focusing on at that moment. This may seem a little bit strange at first, but with practice and the help of a good program you will get better at controlling your thoughts and controlling your response to them.


One way of getting into the proper state of mind for meditation is to find yourself a quiet place where there is no noise or distraction. Once you have found that spot, put your meditation timer on and begin to sit still, and focus on your breathing. Make sure you keep your back straight and that you don't have your eyes open widely. Also, make sure you don't breathe too quickly or too deeply. Once you've settled into a comfortable state of mind, you can start practicing your first few meditations using the basic techniques of meditation: sitting back, closing your eyes, centering your mind, and allowing your thoughts to pass by like clouds in the sky.

Once you feel you've got the technique of it, you can start learning about the principles of equanimity. This is where the 12 steps of Zen start. These steps, as you'll see when you sit down at the beginning of each of the 12 steps, are simply meant to give you an idea of how you are supposed to respond to what's going on around you. While the steps do provide instruction on those topics, they are not intended to serve as a replacement for good meditation practices.

For instance, one of the most important concepts of equanimity is awareness. You can keep a short version of your awareness experiment running on your cell phone while doing some other thing, or you can set up an elaborate meditation timer to play a back-to-back series of images, sounds, and tones that run through your brain's different centers and trigger your cognitive processes. Some people prefer an audio version of the Zen meditation timer while others prefer a visual reminder. Whatever you choose, it should be clear and audible so that you can constantly check your mental state. An example would be using a stopwatch to remind you to count as you listen to a specific sound or image.

Equanimity, a powerful mindfulness tool, can be useful for reducing stress and for bringing more peace to your life. If you are curious about how to practice it, I would recommend checking out a free Buddhist meditation app. There are several excellent apps available on the iPhone and on Android (for phones without GPS). The wonderful quality of having a programmable ringtone to go with your ringtone is a huge selling point of this type of app. Using this type of app gives you the freedom to have a daily practice of meditation without having to worry about losing your daily regimen of activities and schedules.

I would encourage everyone to try using an iPhone or Android application for setting up a daily meditation practice using the wonderful quality of equanimity. After you get used to the timer, you will find that your awareness and attention become much more stable and refined. Your focus becomes much more centered and more directed. Your creativity will skyrocket and you'll wonder how you ever got by without this amazing mental discipline. Enjoy the benefits of meditation practice with this wonderful quality of equanimity!

 

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