There was a moment in time when our chimpanzee ancestors gave rise to the homosapien by discovering the elixir of youth. It’s something called neoteny, which is the quality of slowing down the growth process, which is the very thing that made us smarter: we explored more, we practiced more, we played more.
The principle of equanimity is all about balance, resilience, and equilibrium. But it doesn’t mean that we must accept a life of passivity, in which we exist without emotion, without vibrancy, without humanness!
Practices like expressions of gratitude offer a number of benefits – including giving us power to break habituations and allowing our brain to release a feel-good surge of neurotransmitters, such as dopamine and nerepinephrine.
What is the most perfect thing in your life? But is it perfect?
As you think about your most perfect thing, you may begin to recognize that it’s full of flaws, imperfections, chips, and faults. That it’s anything but perfect — at least by that definition. And as you think about those “imperfections,” you may find a smile crawl across your face.
Emotions influence how we engage with others, affect the decisions we make and our relationship with them, and how we respond to them, and communicate with them, makes all the difference.
When was the last time you felt truly happy for another being? The Buddha taught that our happiness is tied directly to the happiness of others. This practice of mudita, therefore, helps teach us to experience the joy of others in a heartfelt way, regardless of their relationship to us and, in so doing, nurture the seeds of our own happiness.