Developing emotional and mental equanimity is an important way to be able to face the many ups and downs of life. Our minds are constantly categorizing emotions and experiences into positive, negative, or neutral. We are conditioned to try to fight against bad feelings and experiences and to seek out only the good. No matter how hard we try, everyone experiences waves of highs and lows. Being bombarded by bad news all day, every day can leave us rocked to our emotional core.

Cultivating equanimity is a way for us to not ignore or be indifferent to the negative parts of life, but to manage our reactions so that we can approach the fluctuations with a calm and open mind.