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Equanimitous

San Luis Obispo, California, USA

February 4, 2010



This essay, Equanimitous, is the seventh entry in The Laurence Platt Dictionary:

You'll never be transformed enough to never be on it  ever again. Sorry. And if you've ever wished you could  be transformed enough to never be on it ever again, it really indicates being unclear on the concept  of transformation.

You're a stimulus / response  reaction machine. You'll react forever. You'll be getting stuck ie you'll get on it over and over and over again ... just as surely as you'll get off it  over and over and over again.

Perhaps as you master transformation, perhaps as you get your hands and feet familiar with the levers, dials, and pedals of transformation, you'll commit to the time between you noticing you're on it, and you inventing a new possibility for yourself and for your life (in other words, the time it takes for you to get off it) becoming shorter and shorter and shorter. Perhaps as you master transformation, you'll get off it faster and faster and faster whenever you notice you're on it again.

And you will  get on it again. Make no error about it. You're a machine. You can't get it and keep it forever. Sorry.

The possibility of getting off it in the fastest possible time once you notice you're on it again is the possibility of being equanimitous.

This is a possibility I invented for myself and my life: the possibility of being equanimitous. Then, after I'd invented being equanimitous as a possibility for myself and for my life, I then discovered this: officially  there's no such word in the English language as "equanimitous". Really. There isn't. There should  be. But there isn't. Look it up. You'll see.

There is, however, such a word as "equanimity" which is where I got the idea from.

From the Cambridge International Dictionary:

<quote>
Definition
equanimity


noun
calmness and self-control, especially after a shock or disappointment or in a difficult situation
<unquote>

If you generate calmness and self-control, especially after a shock or disappointment or in a difficult situation, you'll get off it faster than if you don't generate equanimity or if you don't have equanimity. So, given this conversation's possibility of generating equanimity or of having equanimity invented as "the possibility of being equanimitous", I've made up the word "equanimitous" as the adjectival form of the noun "equanimity", and I've added it to The Laurence Platt Dictionary:
<quote>
Definition
equanimitous


from the noun equanimity
adjective
being calm and self-controlled, especially after a shock or disappointment or in a difficult situation
<unquote>

Many qualities of the so-called enlightened  state have been touted: compassion, generosity, humility, kindness, presence of Self, spirituality, wisdom etc. It occurs to me it's quite likely none of the above  are arguably as indicative of the so-called enlightened state as the possibility of being equanimitous ie as the possibility of being calm and completely relaxed.



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