Upekkha

The real meaning of Upekkha is equanimity. Not indifference in the sense of unconcern for others but as a spiritual virtue, Upekkha is stability in the face of life vicissitudes. It’s evenness, unshakeable freedom of mind, a state of inner equipoise that cannot be upset by gain and loss, honour and dishonour, praise and blame, pleasure and pain. Upekkha is freedom from all points of self-reference; it is indifference only to the demands of the ego with its craving for pleasure and position, not to the well-being of one’s fellow human beings. True equanimity is the pinnacle of the four social attitudes that the Buddhist texts call the divine bodies: boundless loving-kindness, compassion, altruistic joy and balance. The latter does not override and negate the preceding three, but perfects and consummates them. Upekkha (Balance) comes when we’re grounded, literally in touch with the ground of the self, being humble. Upekkha is one of the Four Sublime States (Brahma Vihara), which are purifying mental states capable of counteracting the defilements of lust, aversion and ignorance. As a Brahma Vihara, it is also one of the forty traditionally identified subjects of Buddhist meditation (kammatthana). To practice, Upekkha is to be unwavering or to stay neutral in the face of difficulties of life, such as loss and gain, good-repute and ill-repute, praise and censure, sorrow and happiness.

ATHA

“Until one is committed,  there is hesitancy, the chance to drawback. The moment one definitely commits oneself then Providence move too. All sorts of things occur to help one that would otherwise never have occurred. Whatever you can do, or dream you can, begin it. Boldness has genius, power and magic in it.”

Johan Wolfgang Von Goethe

All beginnings and endings are difficult to assimilate. When we engage in a new activity, we might be excited with the idea and soon the emotion started to fade away,  any activity we begin is a commitment for change,  and in change, there is always resistance,  the idea is to maintain and trust the goal, to proceed with discipline. Atha in Sanskrit means literally “now“,  which can also. be interpreted as the beginning of self-study. In other words, we must start learning, practising, and integrating various aspects of yoga,  this required time and lots of patience. You need to be committed and focus, pit-point the moments when the energy starts to dissipate and your eagerness to engage into it diminishes, if you are able to observe what is happening, take a moment and remind yourself the benefits the practice will give you in a long run.  Not only will aid you focused but you will gain strength, discipline, certainty trust and commitment.   Quote extract from

The Path of the Yoga Sutras a practical guide to the core of yoga.