Words of Inspiration
Interestingly, passage meditation seems to be stumbled upon less often in the East than in the West, where it often appears as a special type or goal of prayer. The reason may be that we in the West are so intellectually oriented (as Easwaran once said, "You people are very word-conscious") and not very devotional—at least before we've made some progress in meditation.
On the other hand, Easwaran also said that we Westerners have a determination that even the most devotional Indian might envy. In any case, the combination of devotion and determination—which is what passage meditation aims to eventually produce—is powerfully healing. And the world has never needed it more.
Michael Nagler is a presenter for the Blue Mountain Center of Meditation's Eight Point Program and teaches nonviolence at the University of California, Berkeley. His books include the award-winning Is There No Other Way?: The Search for a Nonviolent Future.