Calm, Clear Mind
After my yoga practice, I sped back to the preschool, eager to pick up Skye. I spotted him sitting at the edge of the schoolyard, silently studying the other children as they dangled off play structures and chased one another, squealing, around the playground. He looked content but a little bemused, like an anthropologist researching the behaviors of a tribe he finds fascinating but can't quite comprehend.
"What did you do in school?" I asked him as I scooped him up in my arms.
He gave me a radiant smile. "I just stood there and watched," he said.
"But was it fun?" I persisted.
He thought for a moment. "It's OK to go to school," he said solemnly. "But it's OK to go home now too."
"Hmm," I thought as we walked back toward the car. "Sounds deceptively like...equanimity."
YJ contributing editor Anne Cushman is West Coast editor of Tricycle: The Buddhist Review and author of From Here to Nirvana: The Yoga Journal Guide to Spiritual India.