Equanimity

Equanimity

Equanimity is a quality of mind that naturally arises in meditation due to the development of samatha, and also the development of dispassion. Samatha procides the mind a refuge and a spring of joy and pleasure, and the mind eventually reaches a point of satisfaction, then this naturally leads to equanimity. Equanimity is a state of non-grasping toward objects. Developing dispassion through insight into the workings of the mind, in combination with the joy a pleasure of mental unification, are two powerful ways to reach a state of equanimity and have this factor arise in the mind. We can treat equanimity as an indirect result. Trying to be equanimous does not often lead to equanimity. But dispassion through insight and calm abiding of samatha provide the conditions fro equanimity to naturally blossom. Therefore, in the development of the mental factors of awakening, equanimity is a natural feature and co-arising and co-dependent phenomenon- dependent on the development of the other factors.