Founded by US-born blogger and meditator Sean Kolb, Equanimind™ is a daily blog on wellness, psychology, and the spiritual path. It is the place for meditations on meditation, words on peace, culture commentary, and important ideas for living a good life.
“If we can discipline ourselves to commit to the practice of awareness, I believe that all of us, eventually, will realise that the freedom we spend our lives searching for, is already here. For freedom is the eternal now, patiently waiting, graciously available, here for us, whenever we are ready to notice it.” – Sean Kolb
Welcome Sean, thank you for coming on board with us, can you introduce yourself to us?
Thanks for having me. I am 25 years old, born and raised on the Connecticut coastline. I am a meditator, a reader, a writer and the Founder of Equanimind, which is my once-daily blog that covers the topics of spirituality, meditation, relationships, psychology, philosophy, culture and important ideas for living a good life.
I write about ways that one could exist in the world, about art, relationships, consciousness, life, and death. I provide commentary on books I read, tell stories and share with readers the intellectual resources that I believe are useful. I am not a self-help guru, a coach, a mentor, a trained professional or someone who claims to have answers.
If anything, I am a locus of reflection, a medium of transmission and a vehicle for the ideas and practices that I think are helpful – ideas and practices that were born of people much wiser. This is all fuelled by a natural curiosity to examine and reflect on otherwise ordinary experience and then seek to communicate the deeper truths within them – the truths that connect us. There’s no cost to read, and you can join subscribers across the globe, for free, by navigating to the subscribe page on my website.
Can you talk us through the path you have pathed to where you are now as the founder of Equanimind?
In short, my meditation practice over the previous three to four years has been extremely transformative, and Equanimind was born as a thank you to this great practice of freedom.
It is the place where I publicly explore the literature and the insights beyond the practice itself and look into the other elements of living as a human being that I believe we all encounter. It’s my place for exploration, an archive of my thoughts, and an opportunity to connect with others who share interest in the same places.
Explore the ideology that we should all commit ourselves to the practice awareness and its importance….
One of the most well-known teachings of the Buddha is that “Life is Suffering”, and one need not be a Buddhist to know that this is true for all of us.
For it doesn’t matter what part of the world a person is from, what they believe, how much wealth they have or what they do for a living, by the time an individual hits their teenage years, and often before, they become acute to the fact that pain is evolutionarily programmed into the human creature that they are.
That is, suffering is a staple of being alive that is intrinsic to its nature, and without the proper tools it can in the best case drag one down into the pits of depression, and in the worst case turn what was once an innocent child into a school shooter, or a corporate thief.
The reason I suggest that committing ourselves to the practice of awareness is so important is that with enough careful attention we are able to see clearly into the sensations of discontent and the mind patterns that proliferate it. Further, once they come into view, we can use our mindfulness to free ourselves of their tyrannical grip.
Meditation teaches us to relate to our minds differently, and through disciplined practice, we become equipped to respond to both the challenges of life and the emotional content that they manifest, with more equanimity. A neutral, compassionate loving-kindness is unearthed, and the result is more tolerance, greater resilience, and a willingness to embrace the entire spectrum of emotional resonance, willingly.
To take this a level further, mindfulness shows us first-hand the transient, ownerless nature of all of the experience. And I believe that this insight alone, once experienced, works to dismantle the life-long illusion that there is a person beneath the skin, or behind the eyes, that is present to suffer in the first place.
More even, in the moments of deeper meditation where this illusory ‘self’ that otherwise seems to be running our lives drops away, we cut through the trance and come to realise a beautiful emptiness. We finally see that we are not a locus of experience, but rather, experience itself.
Here, the veil of separation that blinded us from the non-dualistic reality behind it is lifted, and we come to finally realise true love, true peace and most importantly, who we really are.
Equanimind is a daily blog on wellness, psychology, and the spiritual path, what is it that you want your audience to take away from this online experience?
One message I received last month from a subscriber reads: “May I just say, I am eternally devoted to your mind, your passion, your eloquence, your vulnerability…thank you so much for touching my soul with every post.” I think this sums up well what I seek to go through this online experience.
How are you working towards your own personal development?
I try to take advantage of the beautiful gift of the internet, and consume the other creative work that artists, writers, intellectuals and teachers across different domains have offered to the world. Through reading books and blogs, listening to podcasts and learning from those much older and wiser, I try to make it a habit to learn at least one new thing each day.
Number one rule in business you stick by?
My number one rule in business is that gaining trust should be the priority. We live in a noisy world (especially online) and with countless individuals and institutions all fighting for the same limited amount of attention, all in the same places, it’s easy to get desensitised out.
The remedy for this is one I learned from Seth Godin. It’s to work to serve the people that you can, or as Seth says, “Do work that matters for people who care.” And so that’s what I do. To me, scale and reach is a byproduct of influencing the first set of people who have opted into hearing from me. And maybe only one out of every ten articles will resonate deeply with any specific individual.
But if it does, they’ll share it with someone else who they think would care, and the cycle will begin. This is how the most perennial things grow.
What are your preferred marketing methods for Equanimind?
Currently, besides posting screenshots of my current article on my Instagram story, as well as on Snapchat, I haven’t done any type of marketing, nor any guest posts or longer form articles anywhere but on my site.
I plan on writing longer form pieces elsewhere in the future, but I’d rather use the time I would spend on marketing to simply get better at my craft. As of now, whoever stumbles upon my site does, and I leave it up to my readers to spread the word. In my mind, my job is to make my art and to write well. This itself is the marketing.
How are you looking to expand Equanimind within the next 5 years?
Equanimind has reached a point of totality just as it is. It is a humble blog, and this is what I intend on it being forever. If I start other ventures in the future, which I most definitely will, the blog will simply be the place that I let my readership know what else I am up to.
What does #BEYOUROWN mean to you?
#BEYOUROWNMAN, in my eyes, is a full embodiment of the new age of technology that we live in. Our world has become a place where the barriers to entry are low, and the impact potential is extremely high. The information age is permission-less, and virtually anyone who puts the time in, can make a living doing the creative and meaningful work they love. To me, is all about seeing this truth and taking advantage of it.
Where are you looking to expand to next throughout 2019?
I have no preconceived ideas or intentions regarding where this blog expands to next. But I always stay open and willing to work with other new media companies, institutions, creatives, businesses or others that are interested in collaborating.
To get in touch with me, you can visit the contact page on my website.
Link to website: https://equanimind.com/