January 7 - Equanimity

Nothing is so honorable as a great soul; but that soul is not great which can be shaken by either fear or grief.
Seneca's De Clementia, book ii, chap, v, sec. 4; 

The wise man will always know how to help the suffering. But sorrow prevents us from making distinctions, finding out what is useful, avoiding what is dangerous, and deciding what is just ; and, therefore, he will not himself yield to sorrow. He will do everything that could be done by the sympathetic, but he will do it calmly and cheerfully.
Seneca's De Clementia, book ii, chap, vi, sec. I.

What is noble? To be able to bear adversity contentedly, taking whatever happens, as if we had wished for it ; as, indeed, we should have done, since all things happen by the will of God. To weep or complain is to rebel.
Seneca's Naturalium Quaestionum, book iii, praef., sec. 12.


  1. It is up to us, those who have become aware, to help the suffering. The task is huge, beyond the power of a single person to fix. Nevertheless we must not despair. Grief and rage will only cloud our vision, so let us then open our eyes as well as our heart and minds. Together, let us untangle the webs of injustice, unbind the shackles of greed and fear, and tear down the walls that separate us from our brothers and sisters. Then will we begin to see the Sage in ourselves. Then will we begin to understand our philosophy.

  2. I am my sister's and brothers guardian. I stand on the side of love and for the beloved community.