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The Buddha at Work's "Working for the Weekend" quote for 10/1/10

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"When we have gone beyond the boundaries of hope and fear, we are able to work with whatever comes our way. Our judgment is exact, accordng to the situation. Though leaving "me" behind does not protect us from misfortune, it takes us beyond our concepts to go to a place where few dare go. This kind of outrageousness brings exuberance in a surprising form--equanimity. Equanimity is a balanced state of mind. With equanimity we can glide evenly through our day, because we no longer get hooked by negative emotion.... Equanimity is the mind's natural joy. It comes from cultivating wisdom and compassion... Equanimity liberates our attachment so that we can accept the world as it is--constantly changing and alive with basic goodness."

- Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche, Ruling Your World

"We lose this equanimity, this space of freedom, clarity, and balance, when we live inside these stories that are very limiting about who we think we are."

- Tara Brach

"Equanimity is bigger than our usual limited perspective. It's like the vast mind that doesn't narrow reality into for-or-against, liking-or-disliking."

- Pema Chodron, Comfortable with Uncertainty

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