Work Title: Take Your Time: How to Find Patience, Peace & Meaning
Work Author(s): Eknath Easwaran
225 pages ,Softcover $15.00
Reviewer: Bobbye Middendorf
In today's frenzy of multitasking, the quiet voice and wise counsel in this book present a refreshing alternative. The author invites readers for whom slowing down does not seem like an option to consider what is ultimately possible: "when the mind is still ... You will return from this summit of spiritual awareness full of practical wisdom, passionate love, and untiring energy."
Easwaran, a spiritual teacher 1910--1999), wrote twenty-six books in his lifetime, including a biography of Gandhi. Lessons from Gandhi's life are among the anecdotes in this newly updated book. As Gandhi taught, much is accomplished by those with "one pointed attention." Contrast that with the scattered mind that tries to do ten things simultaneously, none of them well.
Using stories and everyday images, Easwaran gently slows the reader down, instilling memorable life lessons instead of bulleted action items. He recounts his visit to a busy post office during the Christmas rush: "Inside was a scene of frustration." He breaks the tension by letting the anxious fellow behind him move ahead in line. "The young woman at the counter ... was making mistake after mistake ... the more upset she got, the more mistakes she made." When Easwaran took his turn at the window, he told her to take her time. Departing, he noted, "The whole room had relaxed a little ... Pressure is contagious, but so is good will."
Chapters on "Take Your Time," "Slowing Down," and "One Thing at a Time" apparently contradict the speed at which people feel they must...