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Equanimity: Being Non-Reactive

This is a practice to develop equanimity: the ability to stay grounded in a non-reactive, non-judgemental awareness of the present moment.

So now just finding a comfortable position for this meditation. And when you're ready, allowing the eyes to gently close. And as a way of gathering your awareness more fully to the here and now, just taking three deep, slow, full breaths. So breathing in. And breathing out.

And just taking two more breaths in the same way. And seeing if you can follow the flow of the breath all the way in, and all the way out. And at the end of the next exhale, just letting the breath return to its own natural rhythm. Shifting your attention all the way down into the soles of the feet. And just being aware of any sensations that are there.

Exploring all the sensations in this part of the body for a few moments. And then scan the attention upwards. Bringing it into the ankles. The lower legs. The thighs.

And scanning the pelvic area and the sit bones. And the back. And the belly. That bottom area of the torso. Now scanning the upper part of the torso, the chest and the back.

And then feeling into the arms and the hands. The shoulders, the neck and the head. And once you've completed the length of the body, you can begin scanning downward slowly in your own time. Scanning the body from top to bottom. Tuning into any and all sensations you find with a kindly curiosity.

And as best you can, just noticing what sensations are here without trying to change or control anything. Just letting it all be exactly as it is. It's not so important what kinds of sensations are here. And we're not trying to get all pleasant sensations and make the unpleasant ones go away. Instead, we're learning to observe sensations as they are moment by moment without automatically reacting to them.

So just continuing to scan the body, noticing sensations without mental commentary about the sensations. Just feeling what's here to be felt, moment by moment. As you continue to develop non-reactivity through mindfulness practice, you'll find yourself becoming less reactive to the ups and downs of life too. When difficulty comes your way, you'll be more able to handle the challenge with wisdom and calm, and you'll be better equipped to maintain peace of mind in all circumstances. And as this practice now comes to a close, just taking a deep breath in.

Breathing out, wriggling fingers and toes. And blinking open the eyes. And take a moment to notice how you feel after taking this time out for meditation.

Meditation

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Equanimity: Being Non-Reactive

This is a practice to develop equanimity: the ability to stay grounded in a non-reactive, non-judgemental awareness of the present moment.

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Your default time is based on your progress and is changed automatically as you practice.

So now just finding a comfortable position for this meditation. And when you're ready, allowing the eyes to gently close. And as a way of gathering your awareness more fully to the here and now, just taking three deep, slow, full breaths. So breathing in. And breathing out.

And just taking two more breaths in the same way. And seeing if you can follow the flow of the breath all the way in, and all the way out. And at the end of the next exhale, just letting the breath return to its own natural rhythm. Shifting your attention all the way down into the soles of the feet. And just being aware of any sensations that are there.

Exploring all the sensations in this part of the body for a few moments. And then scan the attention upwards. Bringing it into the ankles. The lower legs. The thighs.

And scanning the pelvic area and the sit bones. And the back. And the belly. That bottom area of the torso. Now scanning the upper part of the torso, the chest and the back.

And then feeling into the arms and the hands. The shoulders, the neck and the head. And once you've completed the length of the body, you can begin scanning downward slowly in your own time. Scanning the body from top to bottom. Tuning into any and all sensations you find with a kindly curiosity.

And as best you can, just noticing what sensations are here without trying to change or control anything. Just letting it all be exactly as it is. It's not so important what kinds of sensations are here. And we're not trying to get all pleasant sensations and make the unpleasant ones go away. Instead, we're learning to observe sensations as they are moment by moment without automatically reacting to them.

So just continuing to scan the body, noticing sensations without mental commentary about the sensations. Just feeling what's here to be felt, moment by moment. As you continue to develop non-reactivity through mindfulness practice, you'll find yourself becoming less reactive to the ups and downs of life too. When difficulty comes your way, you'll be more able to handle the challenge with wisdom and calm, and you'll be better equipped to maintain peace of mind in all circumstances. And as this practice now comes to a close, just taking a deep breath in.

Breathing out, wriggling fingers and toes. And blinking open the eyes. And take a moment to notice how you feel after taking this time out for meditation.

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