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.
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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. Do your best to concentrate on the passage — when distractions come, just bring your mind back to the words.
At the end of the passage, go back to the beginning, or start a new one. Do this for 30 minutes every morning. In our minute online workshop , you can try passage meditation for five minutes without memorizing a passage first, so you can get a taste of the benefits. Experience Passage Meditation A Minute Workshop Just as others write beautiful poetry, you can make your life such a work of art that everyone who sees it will be inspired. It takes some effort to choose and memorize a passage — so what are the benefits?
Your mind is coming under your control. In short, life gets better — for you and those around you. The secret of passage meditation is that you become what you meditate on. Eknath Easwaran adapted and systematized this practice for people living in our modern age.
He developed an effective, interior practice that anyone can learn and apply, simply by memorizing and silently repeating the words of a passage. Make the Most of Your Meditation Meditation is the first point and the foundation of the eight-point program.
The eight points together form a complete spiritual practice for daily living, so you can benefit from your practice wherever you are, at any time.
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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  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,  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. Slowing down helps achieve freedom of action, good relations with others, health and vitality, calmness of mind, and the ability to grow. One-pointed attention helps to unify consciousness and deepen concentration. Training the mind to give full attention to one thing at a time, whether it is in science or the arts or sports or a profession, is a basic requirement for achieving a goal.