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Equanimity means not reacting to your reactions - and that is both a wonderful relief from upsets and traumas, and a profound resource for spiritual growth. In Buddhism, equanimity is one of the four Brahmaviharas (Divine Abodes), and is often considered the foundation of the other three: compassion, lovingkindness, and altruistic joy. Equanimity breaks the chain of suffering by helping you not react to the pleasant/unpleasant feeling tone of experience with craving and clinging. Your equanimity, a state of mind, is based on underlying states of your brain. Modern neuroscience is revealing new ways to cultivate those brain states - a potent combination with time-tested Buddhist practices.

Equanimity – In the Dharma and In Your Brain

Rick Hanson . Workshop

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