“‘Emergencies and crises,’ the psychologist William James observed, ‘show us how much greater our vital resources are than we had supposed.’ This is the opportunity that crises and challenges offer us. Every one of us has capacities inside us that we have never dreamed of, which we can learn to draw on in our daily lives. That is our legacy as human beings.
The purpose of this book is to help you get started on the great adventure by claiming this legacy. As a meditation teacher, I have to point out that this is the purpose of meditation, which I have explained in other books. Here I want to focus on skills you can apply right away: simple techniques that anyone can use to banish worry and anxiety, stay calm under pressure, and live each moment to its fullest — and most significantly, radiate that new-found calm to everyone around.”
~ Eknath Easwaran from Strength in the Storm
As I mentioned in the other Notes on his work, Eknath Easwaran is one of my favorite teachers.
Easwaran was a professor of English literature in India before coming to America on a Fulbright scholarship. He taught at UC Berkeley and became one of the world’s leading meditation and spiritual teachers.
In addition to the Notes we created on his translations of the Bhagavad Gita and the Dhammapada (if you’re looking for translations of those classics, I highly (!) recommend his), we also have Notes on Conquest of Mind, Take Your Time, Passage Meditation, and Your Life Is Your Message.
In this book, we learn how to love storms—how to use simple tools to find strength in the inevitable storms of life as we “transform stress, live in balance and find peace of mind.”
It’s a great, practical, quick-reading book that Easwaran’s wife, Christine, put together after he passed away. (Get a copy here.)
It’s packed with Big Ideas and I’m excited to share a few of my favorites so let’s jump straight in!
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