“The widest possibilities for spiritual growth lie in the give-and-take of everyday relationships.”
Easwaran on Thomas a Kempis' The Imitation of Christ: Talk 12 This is the twelfth in a long series of talks Eknath Easwaran gave on The Imitation of Christ by Thomas a Kempis. . . . more
YA Blog Post: The Cohort Experience "Mountain climbers train to climb the Himalayas for many, many years. . . . more
Chasing Rainbows (from Climbing the Blue Mountain) I am sitting in my chair at home in the country, looking out on the green hills. . . . more
A Practice for Today: Choosing and Using a Mantram "Whenever you are angry or afraid, nervous or worried or resentful, repeat the mantram until the agitation subsides. . . . more
Video Clip: Living in Peace (3:00 minutes) In this talk, Easwaran discusses how the practice of passage meditation is the training of attention, and how, through this practice, we can learn not to dwell on negative thoughts. . . . more
Adopt the pace of nature, her secret is patience.
– Ralph Waldo Emerson
Poets like to write about love, popular singers like to glorify love, but nobody bothers to sing the praises of patience. I once heard of a man who prayed to God, “Give me patience, O Lord, and give it to me now!” That man was not born with a patient nature. Most of us aren’t – but we can develop it through practice.
You will find opportunities every day if you look for them. In a situation where there is a lot of friction, where people differ from you and aren’t shy about letting you know it, don’t run away. Move closer to them. You may have to grit your teeth; you may have to bite your lip to keep from giving vent to a harsh retort. And then, of course, you need to smile too, which doesn’t come easily with your lip between your teeth. It is a demanding art to do this gracefully. But it is an art that can be learned.
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