Middot of the Month September EQUANIMITY (Shivyon nefesh)
by Nancy Aron
EQUANIMITY involves the ability to stay calm and balanced even when facing difficulties or challenges. In Jewish spiritual life, equanimity derives from a deep awareness that everything that happens is part of God’s will. Pain and pleasure, good fortune and potentially bad fortune are accepted equally with faith. Equanimity is an expression of nondual awareness, the experience of the unity of all Being. Other terms used by Jewish sources to describe this middah include: Menuchat nefesh (a restful soul), and hishtavut (making all things equal).