The Equanimity Game

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In Meditations, Marcus Aurelius wrote to himself:

When force of circumstance upsets your equanimity, lose no time in recovering your self-control, and do not remain out of tune longer than you can help. Habitual recurrence to the harmony will increase your mastery of it.

On the Heroic App, Brian Johnson tells us:

“(Now, remember: This was an emperor writing down a reminder for himself—he NEVER intended to publish those words. I find that incredibly inspiring.) I call that The Equanimity Game. When you (inevitably!) get knocked down, make it a game to see how fast you can recover. Practicing it often makes you really good at it… When (Note: Not ‘If’ but ‘WHEN’) you get knocked down today, see how fast you can get back up. It’s all one big game. Let’s play it well!”

My daughter happens to lose her equanimity a lot. I remind her all the time to play the equanimity game. Additionally, I do my best to model the way. If I lose my equanimity I tell her that I am now going to play the equanimity game.

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