Equanimity is the key

Teacher Jan 26, 2021

Equanimity is a word that I picked up in the many Vipassana retreats as taught by S.N. Goenka.

The equanimous state is essential if one aspires enlightenment and become a monk. But let’s face it, we live this mundane hectic life full of ambitions, distractions, fear and pain.

Arguably in all traditions and religions mankind strives to be freed from suffering, sins and experience eternal happiness. In our mundane life we try to work hard, be smart and wrestle ourselves up in the ranks, to find ourselves stressed out and experience the the opposite of happiness.

In search of the ultimate answer I found many masters with one common denominator: establish a mind without graving, a mind without aversion, being the definition of Equanimity. In the language of the Boeddha, Pali it is Upekkha.

I declare equanimity as the key because it is pivotal to my seemingly diagonal ways of life. On one hand I am a family man, a business man and at the same a Vipassana and Raja Yoga teacher.

In business having a craving mind is it’s definition. I found from experience that striving for results without being attached to it is getting you there and beyond.

In family life it is the letting go of your own desires and be there with your heart is what makes it work.

Practicing yoga works if you strive without violence to your own body and mind.

Many things can be said about meditation, but at the end it is the mind full off graving and aversion that is blocking us to make any meaningful progress to liberation.

And here you have it: equanimity is the key to transform the many paths we walk.

May I wish you many equanimous moments and may those moments turn into seconds, maybe minutes. And may you enjoy the many fruits it will bring.


Roel Smelt

Decades of experience in every stage of ventures, from startup, to scale-up, from exponential growth to corporate; with focus on digitalisation, organisation, vision and people.

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