Equanimity : Ups & Downs


It’s probably not the best combo to attend a Heart Sutra lesson and watch a rom-com movie (Cape No. 7) later. I was unable to relate to the story, which would usually stir up feelings of yearning and forlornness. I found myself sitting in the dark cinema, predicting the ending and waiting for it to come. Thank goodness, the ticket price was not all wasted. :whistle: At least the soundtrack was good. 

Do humans like to complicate love or is love really that complicated? Is communicating one’s feelings really that hard or are feelings really that hard to communicate? Do we like drama or are we already dramatic by nature? One thing for sure is that we make the choices we do and have no one to blame but ourselves. 

If feelings are illusionary and thus empty (of lasting or substantial nature), why are we enjoying its fleeting presence, and not letting go of the suffering it causes (when we become attached to them)? It’s probably not so much because we fancy suffering but because the impermanent nature of things had become an addictive stimulus for us unmindfully. Ups and downs have become so much a way of life for us that we have forgotten how to maintain equanimity.

Love is not dramatic in itself, though we dramatise it. It is humbly the way it is… even the greatest of love. It is a great gift one being can give to another. Worldly love in comparison with the universal love of the Buddhas is pretty ‘amateurish’ and shallow, it is still better than hate… although worldly feelings tend to swing between love and hate! May we love one another without attachment. And may we always maintain equanimity and realise Nirvana swiftly.