Words to Live By

Daily Inspiration for Spiritual Living
by Eknath Easwaran | 408 pages

This is our ninth (!) Note on one of Eknath Easwaran’s books. That, my friends, is an all-time record. This book is a 365-day collection of wisdom from Easwaran featuring inspiring quotes from some of the world’s leading spiritual teachers followed by Easwaran’s inspirational take on that wisdom. If you haven’t studied Easwaran yet, this might be the perfect introduction. And, if you’ve already enjoyed soaking your consciousness in his wisdom, I think you might enjoy this one as much as I have. Big Ideas we explore include: how to craft virtuous lives, IQ vs WQ ("Willpower Quotient" for the win!), the three gatekeepers (of the lips), end-of-life question: Why weren't you more like YOU?, your life as a trust (energize!), and finding the virtuous mean.


“To live at our best, each day we must renew our faith, find strength to meet challenges, and draw inspiration from a living source. This book of daily readings is meant to help us face the challenges and opportunities of every day with courage and wisdom.

Some days we are offered a gentle reminder to slow down the hectic pace of our lives, to discover the richness of being mindful and patient. Other days give inspiration to change habits, or advice about a troubled relationship. At times, we read the words of a sympathetic friend who can help us through a dark day with timeless wisdom about the nature of life. And on some special days we have a glimpse of what it might be like to live on those peaks of spirituality that the teachers of all religions point to in every age. …

As we go through the year with Easwaran, we take a new step on the path every day. Some days will be blessed with happiness and some will be marked by hardship, but each day can further the journey.

One day at a time is enough.”

~ The Editors of Words to Live By

This is our ninth (!) Note on one of Eknath Easwaran’s books.

That, my friends, is an all-time record. (We’ve got a bunch on books by Cal Newport along with Steven Pressfield and Thich Nhat Hanh and… :)

As I’ve said in nearly all the other introductions, I absolutely love Easwaran and his wisdom—which, of course, is why we’ve featured nearly all of his books ranging from Conquest of Mind and Passage Meditation to Take Your Time and Gandhi the Man. (And, if you haven’t read his translations of the Bhagavad Gita and The Dhammapada, I think you’ll love them.)

This book is a 365-day collection of wisdom from Easwaran featuring inspiring quotes from some of the world’s leading spiritual teachers followed by Easwaran’s inspirational take on that wisdom. It follows the same basic style of the other daily wisdom books we’ve covered like Ryan Holiday’s The Daily Stoic (another top recommendation), Alan Cohen’s A Daily Dose of Sanity and Sri Swami Satchidananda’s The Golden Present.

If you haven’t studied Easwaran yet, this might be the perfect introduction. And, if you’ve already enjoyed soaking your consciousness in his wisdom, I think you might enjoy this one as much as I have. Get a copy here.

We love it so much it usually occupies some prime real estate on the kitchen table. :)

It’s extraordinarily (!) packed with grounding, soul-expanding wisdom. I’m excited to share some of my favorite Big Ideas we can apply to our lives Today so let’s jump straight in!

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About the author

Authors

Eknath Easwaran

Easwaran taught passage meditation and his eight-point program to audiences around the world.