“This is the central principle of meditation: we become what we meditate on.”
Deepening Determination This excerpt is from an article by Eknath Easwaran in the Summer 2010 edition of the Blue Mountain journal: Teresa de Cepeda y Ahumada, later to become loved around the world as St. . . . more
YA Blog Post: Maintaining Regular Meditation Practice as an International YA "Put your meditation first and everything else second; you will find, for one thing, that it enriches everything else." . . . more
A Practice for Today: Spiritual Reading "Whenever our confidence ebbs – for most of us as frequently as the ebbing of the sea – we can turn to the words of these men and women of God and renew our hearts, draw fresh breath, and bring back into sight our supreme goal. . . . more
Video Clip: Changing Our Thinking Process (4:01) In this video clip, Easwaran explores the Buddha's concept of thirst, showing how it affects our mental states and our relationships. . . . more
YA Blog Post: Images from the YA Cohort program "When trying to change our life, we need the support and companionship of others with a similar goal." . . . more
Love seeketh not itself to please,
Nor for itself hath any care,
But for another gives its ease,
And builds a Heaven in Hell’s despair.
– William Blake
Though I have lived in this country for many years now, there are still many American expressions that I don’t understand. I remember trying to explain meditation to a young fellow who kept shaking his head and saying, “Man, I just don’t hear you.” In all innocence, I started over again a little louder. Finally it dawned on me what he really meant: “I just don’t want to hear you. I don’t like what you’re saying.”
This is what most of us do when there is disagreement. We carry around a pair of earplugs, and the minute somebody starts saying something we don’t like, we stuff them in our ears until he or she is through. Watch with some detachment the next time you find yourself quarreling with someone you love. It won’t look like a melodrama, but like a first-rate comedy – two people trying to reach an understanding by not listening to each other!
An effective way of dealing with a disagreement is simply to listen with complete attention, even if we don’t care for what the other person is saying. We are showing how our respect won’t waver no matter how vehemently we may disagree.
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Christine Easwaran’s Birthday Video shown in celebration of Christine’s 93rd birthday on June 29.