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Find balance, peace, and even wisdom by learning to steady the mind. 

Stress and anxiety affect many of us as we struggle with work pressures, money worries, strained relationships, and the nagging sense that life may be running out of our control. But in the midst of chaos, we can find balance, peace, and wisdom, Easwaran says, if we learn to steady our minds. It’s a simple idea, but one that runs deep - a truly calm mind can weather any storm. 

Eknath Easwaran, a respected teacher of meditation, offers a wealth of insights, real-life stories, and practical suggestions. He explains how to use a mantram (or mantra) to quiet the mind and how to slow down and stay in the present. With persistence, we can shed anxieties and resentments, strengthen our relationships, and stay kind and strong when faced with conflicts, supporting those around us. 

We learn to calm the mind through practice - there’s no magic about it. We can’t control what life throws at us, but we can learn to access the courage, patience, and compassion that we need to ride the waves of life minute-by-minute, day-by-day. 

The audiobook is abridged: It contains the first three chapters and the final three chapters, excluding the chapter introductions, real-life stories, worksheets, and points to practice.  

©2005 The Blue Mountain Center of Meditation (P)2009 The Blue Mountain Center of Meditation

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"An excellent book for all those sincerely desire peace within themselves and in the world." (Arun Gandhi, Founder-President, M. K. Gandhi Institute for Nonviolence)

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The Beauty Of Being In The Present Moment

Easwaran offers a great deal of inspiration and many insightful teachings in this short talk. The focus is on unlocking the deep resources present within a calm mind. This is an excellent look at the need for living in the now, the use of a mantra and the practice of meditation.

To me, the author's thoughts on just doing one thing at a time and keeping the attention on the present moment are both powerful and timely in our current day world of multitasking and constant worry. A deceptively simple program that requires frequent replays to grasp all it has to offer. Highly recommended.

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Great Book and Presenter

This book was great. It was exactly what I needed. I love this author and I love his writing style along with the humor spread throughout. The presenter also did very well. I felt I could follow along with the voice and very much enjoyed it!

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calm approach to dealing with difficult situations

What made the experience of listening to Strength in the Storm the most enjoyable?

This is a Eastern philosophical approach to dealing with touchy situations. The more I listen to it, the more it makes sense. It's, of course, a higher version of what I am capable of now but with practice it should become easier.

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Wonderful book

I have no doubt that I will listen to this many times in the years ahead!