Stories From Meditators

Passage meditators worldwide share their experiences. Find inspiration, encouragement, and practical tips for your own practice.

Inspiration
  • Integrating the Mantram Into My Work

    Jill, a mental health nurse, shares how her own mantram practice developed, and how she has included the mantram in her work with patients.

  • Seeking Unity Within Disagreement

    In this interview Drew, a young adult from Pennsylvania, shares how his spiritual practice helps him find unity with those around him.

  • Training My Senses to Train My Mind

    Rosemary realized that it’s in transitions between tasks or activities that she’s most vulnerable to giving into her cravings. Marshalling all the eight points, she’s used training the senses to improve her health and gain mastery over her mind.

  • Using the Eight Points to Live Simply

    Cath shares all the practical ways in which she’s integrated the eight points into her everyday life in New Zealand, helping her to live simply.

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  • It Takes Work but It's Worth It

    LB, living in Chattanooga, Tennessee, shares his reflections on the effort required to maintain a regular passage meditation practice, and the benefits it brings.

  • The Mantram as a Tool for Transformation

    Chris in New Mexico shares how she used the mantram to stay kind in a difficult working relationship.

  • Experiments, Results, Conclusions: Starting a Meditation Practice

    Krishna shares his story about navigating the many phases between first reading an Easwaran book and establishing a daily meditation practice

  • Finding Support for My Practice

    Fleur, living in the Netherlands, shares some of her strategies for sustaining a practice when she didn't have access to a local passage meditator community.

  • Applying Passages To Difficult Situations

    Can passages help a difficult work relationship? Abhijeet in Tomales, California, answers "Yes!" and shares some of his application strategies.

  • The Power of the Mantram

    Myron shares how the mantram and meditation have helped him to transform unwanted habits within the family context.

  • Finding Easwaran & Establishing a Practice

    Laura in Denver, Colorado, shares her story of finding passage meditation and her path to establishing a regular daily practice.

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  • Eight-Point Program Grandparenting

    Laura is a passage meditator who splits her time between the Bay Area in California and Illinois. She describes how the eight points have helped her spend quality time with her granddaughter, and offers some tips for anyone raising a child.

  • A Day in the Life of a Passage Meditator

    Lisa is a passage meditator in San Francisco, California. She shares how she is working on incorporating her eight-point practice into all aspects of her day.

  • Creating a Personal Retreat

    Paige, a passage meditator Sacramento, California shares how she creates a personal retreat to help her focus and strengthen her practice of the eight points from her own home.

  • “Conquest of Mind”: Beginning a Spiritual Journey

    Sam, in New South Wales, Australia, describes how the book “Conquest of Mind” set him on a life-long spiritual journey with passage meditation.

  • Coming Home: Rediscovering Easwaran and Passage Meditation

    Sara shares how she first learned about Easwaran and passage meditation as a child, and then embraced it herself as a young adult.

  • Healing With the Mantram

    Susan shares how her practice of the eight points helped her find peace at the time of her mother's passing. She also describes creative ways to use the mantram.

  • Eight-Point Program Parenting

    Adam and Emily, a couple from Alameda, California, are using the eight points to find balance, unity, and spiritual growth in their life with a new baby.

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  • The Brain, the Mind, & the Mantram

    Dr. Daniel Lowenstein, Executive Vice Chancellor and Professor of Neurology at UCSF, shares his perspective on the positive effects of using the mantram from the scientific point of view.

  • From Reading to Living: Exploring My Spiritual Heritage

    Nikhil in New York shares how reading Easwaran's translations and commentaries on Indian scriptures led him to integrate his heritage of Indian spirituality into his day-to-day life.

  • Passage Meditation in a Christian Context

    Josh in Danville, California shares how Easwaran and passage meditation have helped his faith and personal practice as both a Christian and a pastor.

  • Sharing Meditation With a Partner

    Passage meditators Charley and Kathleen began meditating as young adults. They share how meditating as a couple has supported their practice and their loving relationship together.

  • The Art of Slowing Down

    Jeremy shares some of the strategies he's developed to try and master the art of slowing down, even in the midst of a busy life.

  • A Week in Tomales: Before, During, After

    Krishna is a young adult living in Berkeley, California. He shares the experience and benefits of his first BMCM weeklong retreat.

  • The Best Support as You Get Older

    Norma really is a longtime meditator – she started in her 30s and was 87 when we talked to her in the BMCM. She tells how Easwaran’s eight-point program is giving her even more support and purpose in her later years.

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  • My Reasons for Attending Young Adult Retreats

    Isaac is a Young Adult (YA) living in San Diego, California. He shares how YA weekend retreats inspire his meditation practice.

  • Slowing Down in a Busy Workplace

    Merritt from Ohio shares how her practice of the eight points, and specifically of slowing down, has helped her handle difficult conversations .

  • Giving Attention and Gaining Energy

    Kurt shares how he uses the eight points throughout his day to manage his energy so, he can be effective and efficient in completing his tasks.

  • Can We Be on Holiday All the Time?

    Kate in Aldergrove, Canada, shares her thoughts on how to approach work and daily life to try to be on holiday (in a spiritual sense) all the time.

  • Tips for Meditating on the Road

    Meditation is hard enough at home and under ideal conditions – so how can we keep it up when we're on the road and off our normal schedule? Adam, in Alameda, California, shares his tips.

  • The Support of Satsang

    Lisa shares how satsang (spiritual fellowship) gave her support and helped her deepen her practice after an unexpected loss.

  • The Path to Detachment

    Sheryl in Davis, California, describes how she transformed a "family samskara” (an ingrained habit or tendency) using her practice of the eight points.

  • Meditation and Meaning in Work

    Susheelkumar in Bangalore, India, describes how he established a daily passage meditation practice, and the results he's seen in his personal and work life.

  • Using the Eight Points at a Time of Death & Grief

    Rafi and his wife Waheeda live in Dallas, Texas. They share how passage meditation helped them care for a parent who was terminally ill, and deal with their grief after the parent passed away.

  • Building Satsang

    Katrien, a passage meditator living in Belgium, describes all the different ways in which she’s found satsang for her practice.

  • A Cross-Continent Satsang For Two

    Laurie and Marguerite had no satsangs near them, so they had to get creative. Now they meet for video satsangs, connecting them across continents for support & inspiration.

  • Building Trust & Digging In

    Systematically and enthusiastically, Jim and Beth have been using their relationship as a training ground for learning to love the world.