Using Passages to Cultivate Qualities

As part of our ongoing conversation about “giving” resolutions among our community, and after listening to Easwaran's talk on meditation and selfless service, we recently received some great questions from friends regarding passage recommendations for cultivating positive qualities this coming year.

At Blog HQ, we are all meditating on “Prayer for Peace” by Hazrat Inayat Khan and wanted to share it among the blog community. One line that stands out is in the second stanza, “Send us Thy peace, O Lord, that we may think, act, and speak harmoniously.” We are intrigued by the challenge to align our thoughts, words, and actions in kindness and harmony. What a worthy challenge!

There are over 100 passages for meditation available online, and we know that many of you are using them for meditation. We'd love to hear from you in the comments below:

  • What qualities are you looking to cultivate this coming year, and what passages are you using?
  • If you were to meditate on “Prayer for Peace,” what qualities might you gain?

Prayer for Peace  – Hazrat Inayat Khan

Send us Thy peace, O Lord,
which is perfect and everlasting,
that our souls may radiate peace.

Send us Thy peace, O Lord,
that we may think, act, and speak harmoniously.

Send us Thy peace, O Lord,
that we may be contented and
thankful for Thy bountiful gifts.

Send us Thy peace, O Lord,
that amidst our worldly strife
we may enjoy Thy bliss.

Send us Thy peace, O Lord,
that we may endure all, tolerate all
in the thought of Thy grace and mercy.

Send us Thy peace, O Lord,
that our lives may become a divine vision,
and in Thy light all darkness may vanish.

Send us Thy peace, O Lord,
our Father and Mother,
that we, Thy children on earth,
may all unite in one family.

Easwaran: Meditation & Selfless Service

We were so pleased last week to hear about all the ways you plan to give in the coming year. Easwaran often speaks about the role of selfless service on the spiritual path, so we decided to explore this topic in more depth.

This week we're featuring an hour-long talk from 1989 on meditation and selfless service. In this talk Easwaran shares quotes and inspiration from many saints and mystics from around the world. He explains how meditation increases our capacity to serve, and how service in turn helps us to deepen our meditation.

As always, we'd love to hear your thoughts on the talk in the comments below!

2017: “Giving” Resolutions

Happy New Year! Traditionally, this is the time of year where we set resolutions or goals we want to accomplish in the calendar year. Here at Blog HQ, we did talk about resolutions, but then we came across this quote from Easwaran:

“Don’t ask always what you can get from life, but ask what you can give. Stand up to your full height and give freely to those around you – your time, your resources, your talents, your extra clothes or vegetables from your garden, whatever you have.   It doesn't matter whether the gift is simple or modest; what matters is that it be given freely, wholeheartedly, without any reservations, without even the left hand knowing what the right hand is doing. You are not wealthy simply because you have a lot, you are wealthy when you have given a lot away; and the more you give, the more you will have to give – not in money, but in the richness of your life.”
– Eknath Easwaran

We found this quote incredibly inspiring as we looked at the year ahead of us and so we made some “giving resolutions” and wanted to share this idea with the larger passage meditation community.We'd love to hear about your new years resolutions or goals in the comments below. What are you going to focus on in your eight-point practice? Are there any ways you'd like to use your practice to give to those around you?