Loving-kindness towards all: the hope that a person will be well; “the wish that all sentient beings, without any exception, be happy.”
Compassion: the hope that a person’s sufferings will diminish; “the wish for all sentient beings to be free from suffering.”
Empathetic joy: joy in the accomplishments of a person—oneself or another; sympathetic joy; “the wholesome attitude of rejoicing in the happiness and virtues of all sentient beings.” Joy in the Company of Others
Equanimity: learning to accept loss and gain, good-repute and ill-repute, praise and censure, sorrow and happiness all with detachment, equally, for oneself and for others. Equanimity is “not to distinguish between friend, enemy or stranger, but regard every sentient being as equal. It is a clear-minded tranquil state of mind—not being overpowered by delusions, mental dullness or agitation.” Equilibrium
“All we experience is preceded by mind,
Led by mind, made by mind. Speak or act with a corrupted mind
And suffering follows
As the wagon wheel follows the hoof of the ox.
All we experience is preceded by mind,
Led by mind, made by mind.
Speak or act with a peaceful mind
And happiness follows like a shadow that never leaves.” – Dhammapada 1-2
“Being in the middle” refers to balance, to remaining centered in the middle of whatever is happening.
This balance comes from inner strength or stability.
The strong presence of inner calm, well-being, confidence, vitality, or integrity can keep us upright, like a ballast keeps a ship upright in strong winds.
As inner strength develops, equanimity follows.
I try and live the above. Some days, it’s hard. As a species, I do not think we will survive more than a few more centuries. I do not think we are capable of coming together and working in our own best interests.
Home sapies: “the most pernicious race of little odious vermin that nature ever suffered to crawl upon the surface of the earth.” -(Gullivers Travels)