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Thanks for watching! Visit Website There is, however, an alternative method. One great passage to start off with is the Prayer of St. To use this method, try to establish your practice in the morning, before fascinating activities like breakfast or reading e-mail have taken over. Sit in a comfortable position, with your back, neck, and head gently erect in an anatomically straight line. Then close your eyes, breathe deeply and softly, and begin silently reciting the words of the passage in your mind, as slowly as you can without losing their meaning.

There is no need to think about the meaning of the words. In the case of the odd distraction, the stray thought, simply bring your attention back to the words of the passage. At this point, we should "pick up the mind gently," as Easwaran often said getting angry at it will only be a second distraction , and bring it right back to the beginning of the passage.

Since we choose the passages ourselves, the ideals they express are ones that appeal to us. Choose whatever is most meaningful to you; your tastes will probably broaden anyway as your practice continues.

Along with immersing ourselves in positive content, we are slowing down the mind as much as possible without losing our focus; as many ancient texts say, this can have infinite results. As Easwaran put it in his collection of inspirational passages, titled God Makes the Rivers to Flow Nilgiri, , "Slow, sustained concentration on these passages drives them deep into our minds.

And whatever we drive deep into consciousness, that we become. It is a powerful, welcome tool for breaking unwanted habits, resolving tangled relationships and entering wonderful new ones, realizing our maximum effectiveness at whatever we do, and sensing a deep purpose in our lives. Of course, no form of meditation works very well all by itself. If we jump up from our cushion and run out into the same-old same-old, not only will we erase the effects of meditation, but we could end up throwing our lives out of balance.

So Ancient and So New Passage meditation is a classic technique with similarities to the Christian lectio divina sacred reading and many other spiritual traditions. Patanjali admonishes us to still the mind; the Bhagavad Gita goes further by telling us, through Arjuna, to "bring your mind back every time it wanders away. In our secular age, the psychologist, philosopher, and author William James said this faculty of voluntarily bringing back a wandering attention over and over again is "the very root of judgment, character, and will.

On the other hand, Easwaran also said that we Westerners have a determination that even the most devotional Indian might envy. And the world has never needed it more.


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Passage meditation is practiced by thousands of people around the world to find more calm, peace, meaning, and purpose in their lives. How to Meditate In this form of meditation, you concentrate on the words of an inspirational text or passage from one of the great wisdom traditions. Eknath Easwaran developed this method, and the instructions are straightforward. You start by choosing an inspirational passage and memorizing it. The passage for meditation should be positive, practical and uplifting, and there are lots of passages you can choose from. Sit upright and close your eyes. Go through the words of your memorized passage slowly and silently in the mind.


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According to Easwaran, the practice of meditating on a specific passage of text Easwaran suggests the Prayer of Saint Francis or Psalm 23 as examples [21] has the effect of eventually transforming "character, conduct, and consciousness. Repetition of a mantram. Easwaran describes a mantram as a short, powerful spiritual formula which can be repeated, at any time during the day or night, to call up the best and deepest in ourselves, [22] and help to slow down, to become more one-pointed, and to put others first. Living faster and faster gives no time for inner reflection or sensitivity to others, making our lives tense, insecure, inefficient, and superficial.


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Fleur, Leiden, The Netherlands Laura, Denver, Colorado Laura shares her story of finding passage meditation and her path to establishing a regular daily practice. I was on my own small search for meaning, and for the most part I was disappointed by the lack of answers. The general plan or arc of our lives school, work, family seemed devoid of the richness and magic I craved from life. I work for a major telecommunication company in Bangalore, India.


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Nonviolent Soldier of Islam is the life story of Khan Abdul Ghaffar Khan , a Pathan or Pushtun of Afghanistan and a devout Muslim, who raised the first nonviolent army in history to free his people from British imperial rule. This book was favorably discussed in The New Yorker. Newspapers and other periodicals[ edit ] In the s and s, Easwaran published a variety of commentaries on public events in prominent periodicals, especially the Christian Science Monitor , [29] [30] [31] [32] [33] [34] [35] [36] [37] [38] and also in The New York Times , [39] [40] elsewhere in the US, [41] and internationally. Practiced for one-half hour each morning.

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