Take Your Time

The Wisdom of Slowing Down

Over-scheduled, always tired, struggling with the pull of the online world – training a frazzled mind to embrace calm isn’t easy. When the mind is unhurried, it is calm, kind, and ready for anything, aware of what really matters amidst the clamor of a busy day. The secret is to learn to live in the present, to train the mind to work steadily and with one-pointed attention, however many tasks confront you.

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For 40 years, Easwaran taught meditation and the wisdom of slowing down. Through stories, backed up by practical advice, Easwaran illustrates a wiser way to live. He shows situations where you may get impatient or upset - standing in line, dealing with difficult colleagues, shopping with children with agendas of their own - from the perspective of an unhurried mind. And you see small ways to change how you respond, opening the door to rich, loving relationships, creative and productive work, and a quiet sense of joy that can permeate your life.

In Take Your Time, Easwaran invites you to try something different next time you’re stressed – techniques you can use to: 

  • Slow down inwardly, even if you have a lot to do 
  • Stay calmer, more patient, and more loving with all those around you
  • Improve concentration by doing one thing at a time and doing it well 
  • Keep your attention in the present so you don’t waste energy on worry and resentment 
  • Simplify your life and avoid trying to do too much 
  • Get a sense of life’s true purpose

The audiobook (unabridged) is read by Paul Bazely, a professional actor and longtime student of Easwaran.

This beautiful little book captures the very essence of what our frantic, stressful lives could become if we would simply take the time to slow down. Eknath Easwaran once again offers simple words of wisdom for a complicated world.

Dr. Stephen R. Covey, author of The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People

The "Slow Movement" is gaining momentum. We can find ways to buy locally, ride a bike to work, or cook from our balcony gardens. We know why the world needs us to join the "slow movement", but no one quite tells us how. This book tackles the bottom line: we must slow down our minds before we can slow down our lives. Easwaran, in his sweet and tender way, gives us the tools we need to do so. I find this book to be a helpful reminder that if we want to accomplish anything, we must first put our mind to it. Such a great gift. He is truly a talented communicator.