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Thought for the Day

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Eknath Easwaran’s Thought for the Day

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November 14
I think the world today is upside-down and is suffering so
much because there is so very little love in the homes and
in family life. We have no time for our children, we have
no time for each other; there is no time to enjoy each
other.

-Mother Teresa of Calcutta

An obsession with hurry has been so worked into our social
system that we scarcely notice we do not have time to love.
Everywhere the slogan is “Hurry, hurry, hurry.”
Yet to be aware of the needs of others, to spend time with
others, to speak and act with thoughtfulness, patience, and
consideration, we must give time – a lot more time
than most of us are willing to give at present. 

We all need warm, deep, personal relationships to thrive,
but modern life seems to place such a small value on them
– compared with the high value placed on money and
prestige and pleasure. It is so easy to be distracted and to
fritter our attention away in countless ways, until we find
we have little left for family and friends. By simplifying
our lives, dropping less important activities, we allow more
time for what matters most. But it is also essential to slow
down our pace of living, so that we can free ourselves from
the grip of time-driven thinking and behavior. 

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The Thought for the Day is today’s entry from
Eknath Easwaran’s book Words to Live By:
http://bmcm.c.topica.com/maamt6MabLUkRccjDT9b/
(Copyright 1999-2005 by The Blue Mountain Center of
Meditation.)

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Author: Kirsten

Student of life, mother of one kid, 2 cats, and three dogs. I take and teach yoga, enjoy reading, movies, beaches, piddling in my yard and a good glass of wine with or without company.

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