One of my favourite prayers is by my "root" teacher Thich Nhat Hanh. I try to remember to recite it every morning - "Waking up with a smile... 24 brand new hours just for me... I vow to live them fully and to look upon all beings with the eyes of compassion."
It is easy to use the word "compassion", but without mindful action, especially in the face of intolerance, it is of little use. This is reflected in the following quotes by Martin Luther King Jr. -"Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter" and "In the end, we will remember not the words of our enemies, but the silence of our friends" and, finally "There comes a time when silence is betrayal."
If Loving-Kindness alone was practiced by all human beings on the planet, we would obviously not have the kind of intolerance that has become chronic - not only in our political systems, but in society in general.
If we strip away the ego - that construct that resides in our ever-active brain, we would find our core being - loving-kindness in abundance.
I therefore believe that our prime focus during our time on this planet must be to dedicate ourselves to the re-connection of our core being - our true self - in order to untangle the sticky web of arrogance, fear and hate which has so effectively manifested in our society and appears to be growing unbridled.
The word EQUINIMITY basically means: mental calmness, composure and evenness of temper, especially in a difficult situation.
As such, equinimity is a pathway to peace, tolerance and reconciliation in a world seemingly gone mad. As Indian author and spiritual master Amit Ray aptly reflects:"There are two types of seeds in the mind - those that create anger, fear, frustration, jealousy, hatred and those that create love, compassion, equanimity and joy. Spirituality is germination and sprouting of the second group and transformation of the first group."
For the sake of all fellow beings, let us try our best to live our lives in an ongoing state of equinimity.