Eknath Easwaran

Take Your Time

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Over-scheduled, always tired, struggling with the pull of the online world – that’s how many of us feel right now. Training a frazzled mind to embrace calm isn’t easy. For over forty years, Easwaran dedicated himself to teaching meditation and the wisdom of slowing down. When the mind is unhurried, it is calm, kind, ready for anything, aware of what really matters amidst the clamor of a busy day. The secret is to learn to live in the present, to train our minds to work steadily and with one-pointed attention, however many tasks confront us. Through stories and parables, backed up by practical advice, Easwaran gives us gentle illustrations of a wiser way to live. As we read, we find ourselves in situations where we may get impatient or upset – standing in line, dealing with difficult colleagues, shopping with children with agendas of their own – but as Easwaran relates each event, we see it from the perspective of an unhurried mind. And we see small ways to change how we respond, opening the door to rich, loving relationships, creative and productive work, and a quiet sense of joy that can permeate our lives.
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161 printed pages
Original publication
Nilgiri Press



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    William Blake says, “When the doors of perception are cleansed, everything appears as it is, infinite.”
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    You don’t know what real love is until you love all. When the mind is still, you see everybody as your own self.
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    Of the heavenly things God has taught me, I can speak but a little word, not more than a honeybee can carry away on its feet from an overflowing jar. . . . In the first choir is happiness, the highest of all gifts. In the second, gentleness. In the third, loving-kindness. In the fourth, sweetness. In the fifth, joyfulness. In the sixth, honorable rest. In the seventh, riches. In the eighth, merit. In the ninth, fervent love.
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