great equanimity

Emily-s calming picture


Mental calmness, composure, and evenness of temper, especially in a difficult situation is what the dictionary says. Similar words are composurecalm, level-headedness, self-possessioncoolheadedness and presence of mind. Han Shan, the poet-hermit from Cold Mountain, says:

If heaven and earth shift, let them shift.

I shall be sitting happy among the rocks.

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Upeksha is Sanskrit word. It is a seminal term in the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali. English words that give us a sense of what this term signifies are: equanimity, non-attachment, non-discrimination, even-mindedness or letting go. In the Yoga Sutras it is mentioned as the state of being ‘close to the Seer with great patience’.

Thich Nhat Hanh in his new book “At Home in the World” mentions this term in the following passage that I feel is a great way to set an intention for the coming solar cycle,  the New Year 2017. Continue reading



Do I only feel alive when there is stimulation of some kind? Another person in the same room with me stimulates me to talk and communicate on many levels. Thoughts about what I see is ‘going on in the world’ through the Internet stimulates me to have more thoughts and to express myself through the Internet. The spoken and written word of Zen masters and other sages that I read or hear on recordings stimulate me to examine my current state of mind. A cup of coffee or a glass of wine stimulates me, gives me a boost in vital energy for a short while. Watching the squirrels try to reach the suet cage hanging from the limb of the tree catches my attention and I watch carefully with great interest.  Continue reading

my mind-pearl

Han Shan, The Hermit of Cold Mountain

The deeper the better is the cave!

No body walks on this narrow wave.

White clouds rest on the highest hill,

Green cliff hides the monkeys who trill,

No relative other than these,

I do like live here at my will!

Let my face and seasons change,

My mind-pearl is always so still! Continue reading

Into Thin Air

thin air

thin air

Artwork Images Copyright Dave Goldman

We interface into this world out of nothing

Like a hand into the glove

We fit inside it like we were made for it

Made of it and we are but

We come from somewhere else

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yoga sutras – eighth exploration: inward gracious felicity


Monach of Love – Rassouli

Sutra I – 47:

“Proficiency in a state devoid of any thought movement results in inward gracious felicity of disposition.”

In our exploration of the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali we have been following the thread of citta-vrtti-nirodha. This key concept of yoga can be said to be “the state of being in which the ideational choice-making movement of the mind slows down and comes to a stop” – which happens on its own. Now, close to the end of Part One of the Yoga Sutras, this Sutra number 47 speaks of the results of becoming proficient in this state. Continue reading

Cosmic Cycles

A Message from Consciousness
Oh highest most pure consciousness, my dearest friend, lover, most true life companion! Show me whatever information so as to reveal your secrets and to unveil to me the truth of this existence and also that from which this existence comes, that I may rest in my true nature: svarupa!

I am awake beyond the three states. Light takes its journey from that first atom of pure existence without attributes. Feel that first state of pure beingness! Continue reading



Serenity is one of the most important quality of my experience on this physical plane. There are many ways to maintain serenity. The one I have been most attracted to lately is mindfulness. For me this means continually bringing my mind back to my body so as to be physically present in all I do more and more. Continue reading