Deception, gossip and aggressive speech are pervasive in our culture. This talk looks at the roots of these forms of communication, and the way they entrap us in a contracted and separate sense of self. We then explore the practices that help us speak from a courageous presence, wisdom and love. (video available)
First talk of four on the subject Nama-Rupa and Consciousness, by Stephen Batchelor. Given on November 17, 2011, at Xic Xanac Retreat Center, Zacatlan, Mexico. Presented by Yoga Espacio. Translated by Kavindu
Equanimity - that quality of mind which is balanced, steady, and non-reactive - is developed by learning to open skillfully to the full range of our experience. It is equanimity which allows the heart to feel safe enough to open to our own difficult states, and the difficult states of others. Deep equanimity is " the peace that passes understanding", a wisdom and equipoise which can hold it all.