Happiness is illusive and slippery, whenever we try to catch it, happiness somehow slips away. Equanimity is easier to hold onto, a more sustainable goal.
We are happy when we are in the positive side of the Sinus of Life, sometimes happier sometimes less happy. But inevitably when there is a high, then comes a low, that’s life.
Reducing the amplitude of the swings, is a way to achieve equanimity.
We may be happy when we achieve a goal that we have set for ourselves. When it comes to happiness, the ultimate goal is equanimity and balance.
3 practical ways to become more equanimous: Being compassionate, Forgiving, Being grateful.
A Zen approach to equanimity
Treat happiness as pain and treat pain as happiness. Treat joy as sorrow and treat sorrow as joy.