I recently discovered the following quote from a spiritual thinker, Shaila Catherine regarding the nature of Equanimity:*
Equanimity takes interest in whatever is occurring simply because it is occurring. Equanimity does not include the aversive states of indifference, boredom, coldness, or hesitation. It is an expression of calm, radiant balance that takes whatever comes in stride.
The purpose of Equanimity in Workforce Equanimity is directly tied to the sense of mindful awareness critical in decision making. For many, life happens to us. Though the saying is cliche, there is a great deal of truth in the sense that events occur all around us with various perceivable consequences. Some will directly affect us – a sudden drop in temperature, an “Out of ink” error on a printer we are using, or a layoff notice from an employer. Others have an indirect impact, but feel important – a weather alert for later in the day, an announcement from a co-worker that the copier is out of paper, or that co-worker gets a layoff notice. Still more events occur without an obvious connection to ourselves – a rain shower on another continent, a new technology announcement for some other industry, or a completely unrelated business folding in another city.
The importance of Equanimity is not in holding all of these events in our mind to attempt to see the interplay and make a choice. Rather, by being mindful of what is occurring around us, we are better equipped to make decisions that give us control of an outcome. Events no longer happen to us, we are engaged with the event – a part of the happening.
In turn, our awareness enables us to seek the resources we need to take actions that “better” affect our results. We start to see the interconnectedness of things without significant analysis. We ask less, “what should I do now?” and simply take controlled, mindful action. We gain wisdom.
Shaila Catherine reminds us that Equanimity is not the absence of action or simply observing, but the understanding of our observation so that we may, indeed, take whatever comes in stride.
*Originally quoted from http://www.tricycle.com/insights/equanimity-every-bite. The link has since broken.