One of the things I miss the most about living in Japan (apart from the food) are the mountains. I’ve always found their constant presence reassuring—they were a continual reminder of calmness and stability.
Whether cold or hot, wet or dry, throughout the changing seasons mountains exude a sense of equanimity from within.
Indeed, if you look up equanimity in the dictionary, you’ll find:
calmness and composure, especially in a difficult situation.
“she accepted both the good and the bad with equanimity”
synonyms: composure, calmness, calm, level-headedness, self-possession, self-control, even-temperedness, coolness, cool-headedness, presence of mind
These are qualities which are invaluable to practice in daily life.
If only we could find strength and stability within ourselves, instead of relying on our belongings, other people, or things we can’t control, perhaps we’d be much happier people.
You don’t have to be on or near a mountain to find stillness. It can be cultivated within you. Think of a mountain in situations where mindfulness is key. Can you absorb a little of its qualities?
Instead of trying to find peace on a mountain, be like one – enduring yet changing, flexible yet strong.
Imagine, having a sense of rootedness and resolve to persevere in the weather of our own lives, and to be able to face any situation or turmoil with composure and presence of mind.