Focus through equanimity
Updated: Nov 19
Equanimity in the face of anything
In the popular Netflix series,The Queen’s Gambit, the main character, Beth Harmon, is a chess prodigy. She goes from living in a broken home with a troubled mother to being orphaned after tragedy and ultimately to being a world class chess champion. Her poise, even as a child is inspiring.
As a chess master in the 1960’s she is the only woman competing in a man’s game. When she competes she is a formidable player who wins over and over, in record time. In watching her making her moves she is often is the epitome of someone practicing equanimity.
Her huge brown eyes narrow as she props her face on clasped hands to secure her next move. Even though her opponents are older, have more experience and she is the only female in the game, she plays her game, her way.
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We allow for that elusive something called Equanimity.
Defined by Dictionary.com as: “Mental calmness, composure, and evenness of temper, especially in a difficult situation.”
How often are we pressed with challenges like unexpected and unwelcome information or a “No” to a proposal or how about a bleak or “whomp, whomp” reaction to a heart-felt idea or even, overcome with so much happiness or success that our judgement is clouded?
This famous quote by Viktor Frankl, is equanimity in action:
“In between stimulus and response, there is a space. In that space is the power to choose our response. In our response lies our growth and our freedom.”
This is how we live the concept, equanimity. We take time to pause.
First, we must remember to pause. It is the remembering not to react that many of us find the most difficult.
When we remember and take the time to stop, ponder and poise, in that space lies our entire future. With the pause, we have the luxury of time suspended like taffy, stretchy and pliable. With time we can make choices from a more sober place undiluted by mere reactivity.
I offer this thought regarding equanimity as much as a self-reminder, as an offering for you and your business.
Pause on my friends and allow for a new way to peace and action and possibly peace in action.
Your Holistic Business Coach and The Beekeeper