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I practice passage meditation and I also happen to go to church.
I was baptized and confirmed into the Catholic faith. My parents raised my brothers and me on Bible stories, rosary prayers, and weekly attendance at mass. Upon graduating from college, I still found myself clinging to the Lord for security, direction, and guidance.
At the same time, my brother introduced me to Eknath Easwaran and his method of passage meditation. In time, I started meditating. Meditation deepened my faith by helping me to live it in daily life.
Passage Meditation: The Basics – Blue Mountain Center of Meditation
Every day for me now begins with meditation first thing in the morning. I meditate for 30 minutes on an inspirational passage. The passages Easwaran recommends for meditation can be found in his book God Makes the Rivers to Flow and online here. The mantram I chose is the name of Jesus. I repeat His holy name, silently in my mind, whenever I have a spare moment, whenever I can remember. When I repeat the mantram, I call on Jesus continually. I can bear with difficult times and get through them by repeating the mantram.
In practice, when do I start repeating the mantram? It may be when I have just have turned off the light at night. I may have just woken up in the morning. I may be sitting in the bathroom.
I may be walking or jogging.
I may be in my car, taking a moment to pause before turning on the ignition. I may be waiting at a stoplight, waiting in line at the grocery, walking through a hallway, or walking past someone. The more I practice repeating the mantram, the easier it becomes. I may listen to these before sleeping at night, or when I find a spare or planned moment during the day to hear his calming words. I meet Easwaran as well when I observe his manner and his attitude when he teaches from his videotaped talks.
Here we see Carlos’ meditation corner along with his books for spiritual reading and a stereo for listening to Easwaran’s audio commentary. However, gradually Easwaran has now become more alive for me, not only through his recorded teachings, but through the dedication of friends who also practice passage meditation. In fellowship, or satsang, we support each other in our practice as we get together to read his books, watch his videos, and meditate on inspirational passages. We can also share a meal, go on a hike, enjoy a beach walk, or participate in any recreation which benefits our practice.
We can also attend retreats offered by the Blue Mountain Center of Meditation, the organization which Easwaran founded. At these retreats, I join with experienced meditators in finding renewed focus and fervor in bringing our strengthened practice back home.
The First Chapter of “Passage Meditation”
Though medktation reluctant to meet with other passage meditators, Carlos is now an active member of the YA community. I had a small success in using the eight points during a lunch with them this past Easter. It was Easter Sunday, and I had just attended the Easter service — without my parents.
This is the beauty of living a life trying to practice meditation and the allied disciplines.
Life is not perfect, but pwssage try to make it as perfect as you can. This Easter, then, took on a whole new significance.
Being together with them on Easter was my first small success. My second small success, most visibly, was that we all came to a sense of relief. For my parents, my mom in particular, it was the relief that I was not going astray on a wrong, misguided path. During the lunch, my mom recalled reading one of the Blue Mountain quarterly journals.
She meditatiln disagreement with something Easwaran said about God in one of the articles. She was concerned that it was taking me off the path of my faith upbringing. For at least a few moments, one-pointed attention kept me as clear as possible on what she was trying to say, and prevented me from interrupting her while she spoke. Yet when she did pause, my one-pointed attention eassaran needed some help. Make no mistake, slowing down did not mean laying back and slouching.
Instead, she needed to see that I understood, or at least was trying to understand her views. We both needed time! I needed the time to put her first by placing myself in her shoes as best I could.
She needed time to see that I was listening, trying my best to understand her, and giving her my respect. On one hand, I practiced the training of my palate by choosing the kind and quantity of food that was healthy and sensible for my body. On the other hand, I was training my mind to choose healthy thoughts, thoughts that would vitalize my mind instead of wearing it down.
In slowing down and in putting my parents first, thoughts of love, respect, and patience came into view, and thoughts of anger or impatience subsided. Carlos right and his brother, who introduced him to passage meditation, at Half Dome in Yosemite National Park.
Remarkably, the love, respect, and patience I was able to foster helped me see the love, respect, and patience my parents were already trying to give me. I joined together with them in spiritual fellowship at heart, as I appreciated their efforts to love as just like my own. Eventually, the conversation boiled down to a difference in opinions, or a difference in expressing the same opinion. It was really difficult to separate myself from my views and my ways of expressing emditation about my meditation teacher, Easwaran.
The First Chapter of “Passage Meditation” – Blue Mountain Center of Meditation
I can now sit down with them pasage have a meal without being overly defensive or at least not as defensive as in the past. My parents can share their views about God, and recommend ways for me to stay true to my faith keditation, without me getting as flustered as I have before.
Each of you can make your life a perfect work of art. Just as others write beautiful poetry, you can make your life such a work of art that everyone who sees it will be inspired.
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