Through stories, insights, and step-by-step advice, Easwaran shows us how to calm our minds.
When the mind is unhurried, we are patient, kind, and focused, ready to respond to what really matters amidst the clamor of a busy day. The secret is to train our minds to work steadily and with one-pointed attention, however many tasks confront us.
For over forty years, Easwaran taught meditation and the wisdom of slowing down. 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.
In his characteristically gentle way, Easwaran (Your Life Is Your Message), founder of California's Blue Mountain Center of Meditation, instructs readers in the art of "intentional living." Offering a simple "Eight-Point Program" for reclaiming control over one's time and mind, Easwaran stresses slowing down, eliminating unnecessary activities and focusing on "only one thing at a time." He explains the difference between compulsive pleasures and true happiness, the "kind of peace of mind cannot be disturbed by any external circumstance." Each of the Eight Steps--"slowing down, one-pointed attention, training the senses, putting others first, spiritual companionship, spiritual reading, repetition of a mantra, and meditation"--is clearly explained and illustrated in Easwaran's humble and often humorous voice, which inspires readers to believe that they can achieve the often drastic lifestyle changes he suggests. From getting up early in the morning to making "wise choices" about everything from food and entertainment to companions, the author shows how to make simple, specific efforts that "open a door to joy and peace."