This equanimity meditation by Steve Armstrong is an essential aspect of the spiritual path. It can increase ones ability to feel and respond.
Guided Meditation: Equanimity, by Steve Armstrong:
About Steve Armstrong:
My biding motivation for the practice of teaching is to share my interest, my understanding and my confidence in the Buddha’s way for a balanced and deeply happy life. Given the pace of our culture and the direction in which it is going, mindfulness is essential to sanity. Since my first vipassana retreat in 1975, I’ve experienced the wisdom of sanity, peace and freedom.
Tonight, we’ll do a guided meditation on developing equanimity. In the previous nights of guided meditation, it’s necessary to reflect in the mind over and over again, or continuously on the nature of ___, of people’s actions being the cause or the current experience, or that’s very joyful experience, or whether it’s a painful experience, ___ their previous actions in this lifetime or if you believe in future life and past lives, then actions, thoughts, speeches in past life, planting the seed for current experiences, pleasant and unpleasant. Understanding that ___ is really our only possession that’s what we take with us when we leave here, and that’s when we inherit when we come back, or when we arrive here.
We all have a tremendous store house of planted seeds, wholesome, unwholesome, skillful, unskillful, which we inherit, which will determine our current experience with the experience of all beings, way we develop the ___ mind. The mind that is neither bland nor saddened by another’s condition. It’s to reflect the type of person, it’s the air of their own ___. It’s reaping the result of what they have planted. Harvesting the effect of previous comic seed. Way to do that is to pick a person that you feel very neutral towards someone here, or someone that you know in your life. Who you’re neither fond of nor attracted to. And that you are neither angry at, and someone who’s very neutral.
And reflect in your mind that the experience of their life, or what they experience in their life is the result of their ___.
If you need to think of someone, you can think of the woman who delivered the mail to IMS, or the UPS man, or any of the delivery men, women. Someone that’s totally neutral in your life. And understand that their experience in life is the result of their previous ___. And allow the mind to come to balance and understanding, neither joyous nor saddened by their condition, but clearly knowing they are reaping the harvest of their ___ seed.
___ is their true and only possession. We continue to reflect in this way on the one neutral person that you have chosen.
We’re not trying to develop great joy for their experience, nor are we trying to develop compassion for their experience, or loving kindness. We’re leaving those biases for those ___ now, and just developing the understanding that what they experience is the ___ of their actions. A balanced mind, clearly understanding ___ as action in the ___, present experience.
She or he has ___, has their possession and companion.
Quality of their ___ in the past determines that present experience.
Whatever their experience is the result of the past thought, spoken word or physical action. The lawful result.
Understanding that past, wholesome, skillful action results in pleasant present experience. A law ___ in action.
In this, the present experience is one, the pain, and is two, the lawful result of past, unskillful action.
Let the mind come to balance and accept that the other’s experience is a lawful result of their previous action.
Allow yourself to accept the fact of the law of ___.
Now, pick another person. Neutral in your life. Someone at the corner store, someone that you see each day, but don’t really know and understand that the conditions of their life resulted on their previous action.
He or she is inheriting their only possession. Their ___.
Whatever their pleasant or painful experience is the result of their previous actions.
Let your mind rest in the fact of the law of cause and effect ___ in another’s life.
Reaping the result of what was previously planted, the incontrovertible law of ___ and action in someone’s life.
Continue to reflect in your mind in the law of ___ in operation in another’s life.
Feel the stillness of the mind. It is neither joyful nor sorrowful. Reflecting on this person. The balanced mind, accepting the law of ___.
We’ll take the neighbors down the round, or around the loop. Their life, a result of past action, ___, words, and physical action.
Whatever their present experience, whether wealthy or poor, healthy or sick, famous or unknown, has many friends or none, ___ is the result, the lawful result of the previous action. Accepting that this is their inheritance.
We don’t need to deny or fix the result of the law of ___. Nearly see that they have a lawful effect of previous causes.
Continue to reflect on those you know in your life, and what they experience is their only properly. The result of their previous action. Pleasant or painful, both the lawful result.
Now, reflect. Did all of us here—the teachers, the staff, ___, all have ___ as their only possession? Our present experience. The lawful result of past action.
You don’t make other people’s ___ happen. We make our own. We reap our own results. Allow your mind to accept that.
I experience the result of my previous actions.
My unpleasant experience have a lawful result of past, unskillful action. I can accept that.
Present, pleasant experience is the result of my past, skillful action. I can accept that.
My inheritance is my past action.
My past actions are the property I carry with me wherever I go.
Whatever I experience is the just result of the law of ___.
I am the creator of my own existence.
The reflection on the law of ___ and the fact that we inherit the result of our previous actions can help bring the mind into balance when it’s really reaping out or feeling victimized or persecuted. We just do it to our self. So it’s time for walking.
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