Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Focus Word: Equanimity

With the year coming to an end, I'm trying to wrap up my overview of each of the 7 focus words I picked for 2017. Today, I am talking about equanimity.

Equanimity. This was a new word for me in 2017. I hadn't really ever heard it used before but, it's definitely something I struggle with at times.

A definition of equanimity is: mental calmness, composure, and evenness of temper, especially in a difficult situation.

Now, I'm a mom... of a toddler. I think we can all agree that mothers with kids at any age struggle with this word at times. Right?!

Sometimes I wonder, how in the world am I suppose to practice equanimity/mental calmness when I'm thinking of 10 different things, while doing 3 different things, while listening to 2 different people, all while my toddler is asking for a million different things?

Okay, that may be an exaggeration but, you get it.

I choose this focus word for 2017 not because it's an easy one but, because it's something I crave. I want that mental calmness, I want that composure and evenness of temper, especially when the water is boiling over onto the stove and my life.

If I were to be honest, this may be something I need to work on even harder now than at the beginning of 2017 but, I feel change coming. 

While I might not practice it as often as I should, I have been able to reach a state of equanimity faster than before; through prayer.

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Praying brings me equanimity; mental calmness; composure, and; evenness of temper. 

Prayer is the answer for me to grow in equanimity and, even if I haven't mastered equanimity in 2017, I am so glad that I found my answer in how to reach it.

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