The training in vipashyana is an interesting blend of equanimity and attention. Equanimity is evenness. In meditation training, impartiality is the attitude cultivated toward the body, emotions, thoughts, and distractions. One does not negate the body, but also does not immediately respond to it. For instance, thee are layers of teaching and training in the experience of the desire the scratch an itch. Similarly, emotions or thoughts that arise.
Attention is equally cultivated. The shift from preliminary practices to advancing ones entails understanding what attention is as well as what one is paying attention to.
Gratitude is a point of attention within many advancing meditation practices. The practice of gratitude is forefront within guru yoga, deity yoga, having a relationship with a spiritual teacher, as well as the many simple things or people that gratitude arises in relation to. One might mentally hold the guru on one’s head or in one’s heart, for example. The interesting thing about gratitude is that it seems adverse to equanimity. Yet, gratitude’s lightness of heart and flooding of the mind with delight engenders joy toward everything and everyone in that moment.
Vipashyana practice penetrates to the real. The real is that Beingness is always in a state of delight. All events, people, and circumstances are equally delightful. They are also equally emptiness.
Mystery upon mystery. Such is the path of meditation.