Awareness is not itself subject to pain, although it bears profound and empathic witness to pain.

Equanimity is a calm, grounded, open mind that has room to hold all of our experiences, including our own and others’ need and pain.

Equanimity is staying calm no matter what life throws at us – pleasure and pain, likes and dislikes, success and failure, praise and blame, fame and disrepute.

We can develop the courage to see and be more compassionately in the world, to live our lives with our hearts wide open to the pain – and joy – of being human on this planet.

Compassion enjoins us to respond to pain, and wisdom guides the skilfulness of the response.

Even in moments of pain, we might notice that our awareness of the pain we are experiencing isn’t itself in pain.