I would like to share my experience in the hope that it may help others. I was born in India in 1955, I am an Oncologist in Michigan. In 2008 I serendipitously gave up caffeine after almost 50 years of drinking tea daily. It has made a great difference in my life. When I was consuming caffeine I had many physical and mental issues. I did many different things and read a lot to help me. One of the books I read was Take Your Time by Eknath Easwaran-(1910-1999) A Professor of English, master of Sanskrit and Hindu legacy, a gifted teacher of Philosophy and Meditation. His writings appealed to me immensely and helped me.

One day I decided to take the excerpts from Take Your Time (Take Your Time, by Eknath Easwaran, founder of the Blue Mountain Center of Meditation, copyright 1994, 2006; reprinted by permission of Nilgiri Press, P. O. Box 256, Tomales, Ca 94971, http://www.easwaran.org) and write a few lines of thoughts that came to my mind. I did this with one excerpt at a time over a period of three months. I just typed one excerpt and then typed the thoughts that came to me. I did this first thing in the morning. I did not look at the next excerpt nor did I make any effort to remember or review what I wrote the previous day. Once it was complete then I organized it a little bit and edited it butdid not alter the content. I also had my friend Harriet Schiff review it for me and her help was invaluable. My daughter Fatema read it, reviewed it and made it worth publishing.

I am thankful to all whose writing, teaching and association have helped me in my journey of life. I am hopeful that what I write will help the reader.

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