We'd like to understand how you use our websites in order to improve them. Register your interest. We review the life and legacy of Eknath Easwaran — from the perspective of modern and Indian Psychology. A Kerala-born professor of English literature, Easwaran in travelled to the USA where he taught a system of eight spiritual practices known as passage meditation PM. Randomized evidence links each program to reduced stress, improved mental health, improved mindfulness, and increases in various spiritual measures. This is a preview of subscription content, log in to check access.
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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. 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. 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. If you're new to meditation, we invite you to try this 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.
Your mind is coming under your control. In short, life gets better — for you and those around you. 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.
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. There are many ways you can shape the practice to fit your own life and path. You can choose your goal and progress at your own pace. Here are some suggested resources and ideas.
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.
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. Why Meditate on a Passage? It takes some effort to choose and memorize a passage — so what are the benefits? The secret of passage meditation is that you become what you meditate on. Explore passages for meditation — there are over for you to choose from. Take part in online programs and in-person retreats. Our introductory online webinars are free, and our in-person retreats have a sliding scale and scholarships.
Read more from Easwaran on passage meditation and practical spiritual living. Join our community of passage meditators. We wish you all the best with your spiritual path. Overview of the Eight Points Information, tips, and benefits about each of the eight points. Share Facebook Twitter E-mail.
Passage Meditation - A Complete Spiritual Practice: Train Your Mind and Find a Life That Fulfills
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If you love reading for inspiration, or you learn well verbally, try passage meditation to combine your love of words with spiritual practice. It has been historically practiced in numerous world religions , including Judaism, Islam, Christianity, and Buddhism. Benefits: A pilot study suggested that Easwaran's passage meditation method reduces perceived stress among health professionals such as doctors, nurses, and chaplains , while a follow-up study suggested it improves their "caregiving self-efficacy," which is measured by their ability to take time for self-care; respond to disruptive patient behaviors with equanimity; and control upsetting thoughts about caregiving when they arise. According to easwaran.
Passage Meditation is a book by Eknath Easwaran , originally published in with the title Meditation. The book describes a meditation program, also now commonly referred to as Passage Meditation. Easwaran developed this method of meditation in the s, and first taught it systematically at the University of California, Berkeley. The program is an eight-point program intended for the "spiritual growth" of the practitioner. The first step in the program involves meditating on a text passage, and since the s the method as a whole has come to be known as "Passage Meditation" not Easwaran's term. The book has been frequently reprinted and translated into 14 languages.