I’m Not There Yet

"But the man who is self-controlled,
Who meets the objects of the senses
With neither craving nor aversion,
Will attain serenity at last."
~ Bhagavad Gita 2.641

I like this passage from the Gita. It’s aspirational in a way that seems out of my grasp, yet reminds me, at the same time, to not be so grasping. Even to “like” it, is to fall into the very response that it warns against: craving (raga) and aversion (dvesha). Just envisioning what this would be like is difficult for me. What would it mean to meet each sense object, each next thing, each past thing, with equanimity?

I’m not there yet.

What I can envision, is creating a little conscious pause between that sense object and the craving or aversion. In other words, a space between the stimulus (whether external or internal) and my response to

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