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Question: How did awakening and liberation occur for you?

I had my first what traditionally would be called awakening experience when I was 25 years old. This was very powerful and full of emotion and release and joy and bliss and all that it is supposed to be full of. But, because there was so much emotion involved, it obscured the simplicity of awakeness itself. Like so many others, I continued to chase certain ideas and concepts of what awakeness was supposed to be. That caused years of misery.

Gradually over time I had the same experience reoccur, but each time with less and less emotion. I could see more and more clearly over time what was the actual essential element. Then finally an awakening occurred where at the moment of awakening, there was no emotion in it. It was just the pure seeing of what is. When there was the pure seeing of what is, unclouded by emotional content, it was obvious. It was very obvious that consciousness recognized itself for what it really is – aware space before any emotion or thought or manifestation.

Question: Would you say that this is the point at which the
distinction between awakening and liberation occurred?

No. Even though there was a freedom and incredible sense of fearlessness and release from not being confined to the dream of a separate “I”, I started to feel somewhat discontented with that. I didn’t know why I felt discontented, and it didn’t bother me in any way. The discontent didn’t touch that freedom, so it didn’t bother me, but I was interested in it.

Then one day I was sitting reading a book, and I folded the book to
put it away and realized that somewhere in some magic time, something had dropped away, and I didn’t know what it was. There was just a big absence of something. I went through the rest of the day as usual but noticing some big absence. Then when I sat down on the bed that night, it suddenly hit me that what had fallen away was all identity.

All identity had collapsed, as both the self in the ego sense of a separate me, and as the slightest twinge of identity with the Absolute Self, with the Oneness of consciousness. There had still been some unconscious, identity or “me-ness” which was the cause of the discontent. And it all collapsed. Identity itself collapsed, and from that point on there was no grasping whatsoever for little me or for the unified consciousness me. Identity just fell away and blew away with the wind.

Question: When you noticed that the identity had collapsed and was
gone, what remained?

Everything just as it always had been. There was just the lack of any “I”, personal or universal, or the fundamental unconscious belief in any identity or of fixating self in any place. The mind can continue to fixate a subtle identity of self even in universal consciousness, or Self. It can be so incredibly easy to miss. To say “I am That” can be a very subtle fixation of consciousness.

Question: It’s still a landing, a form of identity.

It’s a slight landing, a slight grasping. It’s very subtle. But when it collapses, you are even beyond “I am That”. You are in a place that cannot be described.

Question: And that is what you call liberation?

That is what I call liberation. Really, in the end, what you end up with is that you don’t know who you are. You end up in the same place you started out. You truly don’t know who you are because it’s impossible to fixate the self anywhere.
Source: Enlightened People


Adyashanti describes how everything and everyone is an expression of the all. By acknowledging the instinct to divide everything in the universe up into parts including yourself, you are able to realize the unnecessariness of this separation. Adyashanti invites you into this healing unification of your being.

Video Excerpted From “The Unified Expression of the All” (DVD 63):
http://bit.ly/2qhlpG4

Quotes from this Video:

“As the big view fully flowers, what reveals itself ultimately is the all. What the big view shows is the all — that everything and everybody is but an expression of something that is universal.”

“The all isn’t something that is abstract, it’s not even mystical, it’s actually the most evident reality.”

“We simply have become used to dividing life up into bits, and we started that very young. The first thing you learned to divide into bits was you.”


Published on May 11, 2017

http://adyashanti.org – Adyashanti explores the aftermath of spiritual awakening and how your world is transformed. When you shift out of your conventional sense of self, or ego mind, as the maturation process unfolds, there is a tendency to release any sense of conflict or identification. Adyashanti points to acknowledging the elements of discord within yourself, so you are able to align with the truth of your being.

Video Excerpted From “Seeing All Is Divine”(ID #250):
http://bit.ly/1sig5Dz

Quotes from this Video:

“When we’ve had some sort of a deeper spiritual shift, this gives us access to a sense of freedom, peace, and well-being. This causeless well-being, causeless joy, and causeless love is part of what opens up for us.”

“Ego self, sometimes I just like to call it ego mind, is just a process, it’s a process of thought and feeling, and when certain thoughts and feeling get identified with, it gives this very concrete sense of self.”

“We all grow up with—to one degree or another—a conflicted sense of self. That’s really what ego is.”

“Even in a relatively well-adjusted ego, or conventional self, at the core of it, there is always an element of discord because we’re identifying with something that isn’t nearly capable of holding or containing the truth of our being.”


Published on May 3, 2017

Spiritual teacher Adyashanti says that we already know who we are. It is just that our mind cannot comprehend a state which is beyond its own definitions. So the moment we ask ‘Who am I?’ for a split second we experience the answer but we immediately get drawn away by the commentary of the mind: ‘This is not the Self, this is nothing special, this is not enlightenment, etc.’ The answer to that is to forget all the images and definitions that we have about enlightenment and consciousness and just be what we are.

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Published on Apr 27, 2017

http://adyashanti.org – Adyashanti explores the nature of insight and how it spontaneously arrives as the moment unfolds. Without depending on the thinking mind and by setting the foundational groundwork of having a clear mind, you bring your native intelligence to bear and invite insight into your realm of being. Adyashanti points to recognizing what the moment calls for which keeps each moment afresh and anew with vibrant vitality.

Video Excerpted From “Clear Mind”(ID #417):
http://bit.ly/2dDIRf8

Quotes from this Video:

“Insights are often an expression of a clear mind — they come from nowhere, they’re not deductive, you didn’t connect all the intellectual dots. Insights are usually when you’ve rattled around in your brain long enough and all of a sudden something relaxes or you give up and you’re gifted.”

“Each moment calls for its own knowing, its own intelligence, its own revelation, and its own love.”

“In a certain sense, it is a leap of faith to let go and to discover that there is an amazing intelligence that is within the structure of a quiet and clear mind.”

“The revolutionary, brilliant beings are very often people who have access to insight.”


Published on Apr 13, 2017

http://adyashanti.org – Adyashanti explores the immensity of silence that permeates every moment. In the midst of immense noise, by noticing how quietness permeates each and every layer of existence, you can allow yourself to rest in this foundational silence. As you rest, without the energy of grasping or pushing away, you can access a deeper dimension of being. Adyashanti invites you to notice the silence that lives within every moment and experience the totality of each moment.

Video Excerpted From “Purity of Being”(DVD #64):
http://bit.ly/2p5uZfK

Quotes from this Video:

“In the midst of all this noise — whether it was the wind, the rain coming down beating on the roof and the deck outside, or the talk that she was giving — I started to notice that that moment was permeated with this great stillness, this immensity of quiet.”

“When I spontaneously listened to the whole of it, this other intuitive sensory organ opened up and I could hear all of it — the words, the rain, the wind, the silence. Nothing was preferred, nothing was being grasped at, nothing was being pushed away — all of it had equal value.”

“We are conditioned towards what is obvious, glaring, and noisy — whether it’s something on the outside or something on the inside. We’re not so much taught to value things that aren’t noisy — the things that aren’t trying to grab our attention.”

“Silence is the deepest teacher, it’s the deepest teaching — that’s what gives you access to the deeper dimension of being.”


Published on Apr 6, 2017

What is the moment calling forth in you? What kind of response is life calling forth in you? Adyashanti explores the interplay between finding an inner resource of peace within and expecting the world to conform to your ideas of peace. By becoming the manifestation of whatever change you want to see in the world, you are redefining your expectations of the world, taking responsibility for your own life, and engaging with your spirituality in a truly deep and profound way. Adyashanti invites you into the space where this vital question can be a living inquiry in your day-to-day practice.

Video Excerpted From “Being an Expression of Peace” (ID #245):
http://bit.ly/1sig5Dz

Quotes from this Video:

“We are all most powerful and most benevolent when we are actually being whatever we want to see in the world. This is our first responsibility—to be what we want the world to become, or be the way that we would like human beings to be, interact, and engage with each other.”

“If you haven’t found the inner resource of clarity or peace or love or whatever you want to see in the world, then you’ll feel more on edge. Because you won’t be coming from being the change you want to see in the world. You’ll want the world to change so that you can be at peace, so that you can feel safe, secure, and loving.”

“In many respects, finding the right question is more important than an answer. If we think of answers in the sense of something that we are going to receive, that has some sort of final stamp of authority, that we can hold onto for the rest of our lives—that’s to misunderstand something very important about life, which is that life is a movement.”

“We human beings have the tendency to want to hold onto almost everything. If we get a revelatory experience, we tend to want to hold onto that and concretize it into a new system of thought or description of explanation. And as we are doing that, the flow of our lives is continuing on, and the next moment may call for a slightly different response.”

“To really be present for what life is calling forth in each of us is extremely important. Most people that are engaged in one form of spirituality or another, at least at a deep or inner level, part of what they’re valuing is peace, love, and clarity—and often there is a desire to see life as more whole or complete, and to experience your whole being in a clear and more complete way.”

“If we are engaged in a spiritual orientation, that comes with a kind of responsibility. The responsibility is: to be able to find within ourselves what we want to find or would desire to find in the world around us. Because if we can’t find it in ourselves, then we don’t have a whole lot of right demanding that the world conform to the way we want it to be.”

“Part of spirituality is taking that responsibility so that you become the manifestation of whatever change you want to see—you become it in your attitude, in the way you feel, in the way you move in the world, in the actions that you decide to take. This is really the heart of the spiritual life.”

“It’s so important that our spiritual life doesn’t become overly self-centered. It’s one of the dangers of a lot of inner work—that we can become so involved with our self that we are not really breathing out, we’re not engaged with our own lives and with our own existence, in a way that’s really fulfilling.”

“Our lives are the greatest gift we are ever going to give to the world.”


Published on Apr 1, 2017

http://adyashanti.org – Who do you want to blame? Who do you want to withhold love from? Who are you so resentful and bitter towards that you would never want to express your love towards them? Adyashanti opens up a doorway into self-knowing, where you can explore where you are withholding love in your life. By holding up the torch of truth to your interactions and releasing your arguments with yourself, others, the world, and God, your world is dramatically transformed — your daily activities become more inclusive, and you begin to embody your awakening more fully.

Quotes from this Video:

“Step outside of everything you think you know.”

“The entire internal world — when you’re not thinking about it — just stops.”

“Doubt is powerful. Not the kind of doubt that makes you feel small and diminished and afraid to move, but the doubt where you see, ‘My God, the whole way that I have myself, and everybody, and everything hooked up in my mind may be nothing more than a thought. A persistent thought, but maybe nothing more than that.’”

“This is the kind of doubt that not only allows us to begin to experience the dimension of being but actually releases it into experience.”

“To be really awakened is to have no more argument with yourself, no more argument with the world, no more argument with others, and no more argument with God.”

“Reality is the ultimate bait-and-switch maneuver. It costs nothing to wake up, however it costs everything to stay awake.”

Published on Mar 26, 2017

Why do people want to become enlightened? According to spiritual teacher Adyashanti the spiritual impulse inside every human is because of Life’s longing to become fully conscious of itself. Life pushes us and it will do whatever it needs to in order to accomplish this goal: to become fully conscious of itself.

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Published on Mar 24, 2017

http://adyashanti.org – Adyashanti explores the human and divine qualities of life, how your humanness is an expression of divinity, and how your humanness and divinity are intimately intertwined. By extinguishing any attempt to avoid or transcend anything in your experience, an opportunity presents itself, and a fuller embrace of life becomes available to you. Adyashanti reveals how your revelation of the interlocking nature of humanness and divinity can be the catalyst for you to radically embrace all of existence.

Video Excerpted From “Jesus: Unifying Human and Divine”:
http://bit.ly/2dDIRf8

Quotes from this Video:

“This kind of surrender brings with it a kind of redeeming quality. It has a sense of being restored to your natural condition — not because you’ve left your humanity — but because spirit has completely embraced it.”

“This is the gift of the whole story. It is the descent of spirit into the world of time and space, whereas other stories are the awakening of spirit from time to the eternal. This is the eternal descending into time.”

“When you wake up, it tends to take you into emptiness. Yes, it’s an extremely full emptiness, but it’s an emptiness nonetheless — the emptiness of pure consciousness.”

“The story is giving voice to our divinity, and finding the divinity not just outside of humanity, in the unborn space of emptiness, but finding the divinity right in the world of form — and through a complete embrace of life as it actually is.”

“So to do this you’re embracing everything that it is to exist, which is the triumph and the tragedy of it. It is not a movement of seeking to avoid it, and it’s not a transcendent movement necessarily.”

“It’s a radical embrace of everything. It’s a ‘yes.’ It’s a leap of faith, and that brings the experience of redemption. Suddenly, you’ve discovered the completeness within everything. You’ve discovered the grace within the chaos.”

“Something within us reaches out for both of these kinds of graces — the transcendent grace and the grace within the human existence. Both of these are yearned for within the depths of our being. “


When people allow themselves to connect with what their spiritual life is about for them—what their deep questions are, what their deep yearning is—then they have all the vitality they need

Born in 1962 in Cupertino, California—with the given name Stephen Gray—Adyashanti is a well-known spiritual teacher devoted to serving the “awakening of all beings.” Although he often sounds as though he might belong to the Zen or Advaita Vedanta traditions—and, indeed, he practiced Zen for 14 years—Adyashanti attracts students from all backgrounds and says that his teachings are “not confined within any religious point of view, belief system, or doctrine.” He is the author of The Way of Liberation, Falling into Grace, True Meditation, and The End of Your World.

He recently spoke with S&H from his home in the foothills of the Santa Cruz mountains.

You’ve spoken openly about having awakening experiences. How would you describe enlightenment?

Enlightenment involves waking up to our true nature. One way you might describe it is that it’s like having a lucid dream, the experience of suddenly becoming aware that you’re dreaming. All of a sudden there’s another dimension of awareness that is conscious of the dream while you’re in it.

When you’re not conscious of the dream, you think that everything that’s going on in the dream is completely real and significant. It can be all-consuming. But as soon as you realize that you’re dreaming, there are two different qualities of consciousness. One is that you’re aware of whatever is happening in the dream. But then there’s another quality of consciousness, which is when your awareness recognizes itself.

Is that moment of recognition typically a big, wild experience?

Enlightenment is usually talked about almost exclusively in those terms. As a teacher, I found that the bigness or wildness of any kind of awakening experience has very little to do with what may be going on with a person five years after the experience. Sometimes massive spiritual openings are transformative. Other times, after a year or two, it’s almost as if nothing ever happened. Both of those different outcomes can be the result of the same fundamental insight.

In that sense, I think enlightenment exists on a sliding scale. How well have you integrated those insights into your life? That process of integration is an endless journey and it doesn’t necessarily happen after big spiritual openings, as people often think it does. We think, I’ll have an awakening experience, and then I’ll just know by some miracle how it all functions. Often, we don’t know how enlightenment functions, at least not in the beginning.

How can we meaningfully integrate the insights that come from big spiritual openings into our daily lives?

It’s difficult because in those moments you realize that you are, essentially, something quite different from what you might have imagined yourself to be before that. I think the way we approach the integration of that insight into our daily lives is often misguided. We might think that the integration is going to mean living in a particular state of experience. But it’s more of a question of how will revelatory moments actually trickle down into the way we move through life? One way this happens is that you can become more aware of when you’re out of alignment, let’s say. You can be in the middle of a conversation and feel very overtly the moment you say a word that’s not completely true. I don’t mean that you’re lying or deceiving, but there’s the feeling that one word wasn’t quite right. You feel it in your body, like somebody just put a little poison in it.

In other words, it’s not so much what we do as it is what we notice. Someone who is really attending to integration will notice, right in the middle of a sentence, where they’ve moved away from saying the truest thing. At that moment, they’ll have the opportunity either to just keep plowing forward or to just stop for a moment.

Let’s take a step back. Before we can integrate spiritual insights into our daily lives, we need to experience the insights. Do you recommend or teach people specific techniques to help them awaken?

Sure, there are all sorts of techniques. The two fundamental ways that I go about all of this are meditation and inquiry. Meditation is just taking the time to be still and quiet. When you’re meditating, you’re noticing that which is always still and always quiet. If you pursue stillness and quiet, it will usually disquiet you. So it’s more effective to simply notice what is always still and quiet.

Inquiry practice is directly engaging with the existential questions of life: Who am I? What is life? What is God? What is death? In other words, I don’t necessarily recommend a formulaic question. I want to know: What’s your question? What’s the question you have that seems so big that you almost don’t even want to engage with it because it seems so big? Those are the existential questions we all have. Inquiry practice is when we engage with those questions.

Let me give you a quick example. If a person starts to explore the question, Who am I? the first thing I often ask them to do is to slow down so they can see what happens when they search for an answer. Generally, what happens is we start to look inside. Consciousness does this little U-turn and it looks for you. Often, if it can get back behind the ideas and the images you carry around with you, which it actually does very quickly—there’s something there that’s noticed in a split second that most people turn away from. They get the answer immediately, but they turn away from it because it’s not what they expected.

When you look inside to find you, you expect to find something or someone. If you don’t find something or someone, you might say, “I don’t know the answer to the question because I looked and I didn’t find what I was looking for.” Okay, maybe not finding the answer is the beginning of the answer. You expected to find something and you didn’t. What if you just stopped with that? “What am I? I don’t know.” Well, what’s that experience like? That might not be the fullness of the answer, but it certainly opened the doorway. It just happens in a split second.

You’ve said that after you had an awakening experience, you were able to abide in it and no longer needed a daily practice. Can you say more about this?

Yeah, I didn’t need to do anything to keep it going. A lot of false conclusions could probably get made out of that statement. It’s not like I never practiced again. I had my first opening at 25—and other openings after that—and it’s not like I just stopped practicing entirely.

But it’s true that after those openings my practice—if we can call it a practice—shifted a lot. All the goal-driven part of the practice just disappeared. Even the ways that I understood meditation underwent a transformation. No longer did I think I needed to be meditating to be in a clear space. I realized that I didn’t need to be doing anything in particular to be in that space. That doesn’t mean I stopped practicing all the time, but that sometimes I was sitting in a traditional form, and sometimes it was just waking up in the morning and coming down and having a cup of tea while sitting on a chair on my porch for an hour.

So, awakening is not like a car that you have to keep maintaining so that it will run. How do you know when you’ve arrived there?

I think what happens is that you stop referencing “there.” Whatever “there” is for you, you realize, that was an idea I baked up. If you open up books or listen to teachings, you’ll see that even spiritual teachers define enlightenment in different ways. Which of those ways is going to be the way you measure yourself by? What convinces you that the yardstick you’re using is more relevant or more true than some other yardstick that someone else may be using?

The best thing I ever did was to start jettisoning my ideas about what enlightenment was and just made it into an open question.

Earlier you referred to meditation as taking time to notice “that which is always still and always quiet.” Can you say anything more about silence?

Silence is the foundational aspect of our nature. As soon as we stop talking or thinking, life always falls into silence. All life exists within the space of silence. In that way, silence is really a profound part of our own being and our own nature. Meditation is one of the most profound spiritual practices because it is literally simply listening to silence.

The silence I’m talking about isn’t the silence that we can manufacture through really strong concentration. There is that kind of silence, which is a contained silence. That’s the silence of a prisoner with their hands shackled and a piece of tape over their mouth. We do that through concentration. There’s a time for that and a space for that. But the silence that I’m talking about is the silence that’s with you all the time. It’s simply a silence we notice. Silence is a part of life. It’s the aspect of your own consciousness that’s totally and absolutely quiet, even if there’s a thought or a feeling. They’ll all rise within the space of silence.

I’ve found that we can always tell what we truly value in life through what we give our time and our attention to. If we give time and attention to silence, whether we’re in meditation or driving down the road, then it will grow. And if we just sit around thinking about that idea for a lot of time, we’ll just have lots of interesting thoughts about silence, which will just contribute to the noise.

What’s the relationship between silence and what you’ve been referring to as our “true nature”?

Silence is an aspect of what we really are. It’s not the whole definition, of course, by any means. But it’s part of our nature. It’s a much better way to define yourself than by your memories and all the ideas you’ve ever had. Sometimes I ask people, What survives your not thinking about it? Just be as quiet as you can and notice silence for five seconds. What survives? All the thoughts, ideas, opinions, judgments, the past, even defining yourself as a man or a woman or a son or a daughter—all that may have a relative reality to it. But you see that it doesn’t exist when you’re just being quiet. How real can it all be?

But whatever you are, you don’t disappear when you’re silent. The world doesn’t disappear when you’re silent. The glass of water doesn’t disappear when I stop thinking it’s a glass of water. The reality of life actually exists whether we’re thinking about it or not. I think it only takes those five seconds to see where most of us are actually living our whole life.

Does noticing silence mean we’re ignoring everything that doesn’t seem to exist when we’re in silence?

The silence I’m talking about is the natural silence of awareness before we go into a dreamy place, before we disconnect. It’s prior to all that movement of mind. One of the things that I often emphasize when teaching is that it has to be a vivid silence. If you feel spaced-out and dreamy internally, it’s like you’re leaning too far back. And if you just lean forward a little bit, it comes back into view.

Everything that you’re saying rings true in a way, but I also have this sense that it’s slipping through my fingers as you speak. Can you say more about how noticing silence can take shape in our real, day-to-day lives?

What’s important is where your attention is. Is your attention on this ceaseless narration or dream my mind is having? When you’re talking to yourself, have you ever asked yourself, Who do I think I’m talking to, anyway? Are there two of you? Is there one who’s talking and one who’s listening?

In the context of your daily life it just means noticing the underlying quietness in which your life happens. And that can happen anytime, anywhere. As I said, you don’t have to be meditating to do it. Meditation sort of helps kick-start it because you’re undistracted. But it’s also just noticing what is already there.

Quietness isn’t the goal, but it can be a step in the right direction. What comes next? I always figure that when I’m teaching, I’m talking to adults. Often in spiritual pursuits, people start to think like children. What do I do? How often do I do it? What should I be asking? My response is, “I don’t know. What do you want? Why are you here? What is this to you?” Don’t act like a child. You can actually be an adult, believe it or not, even with a spiritual teacher.

It sounds like people need to define their own spiritual goals. Couldn’t that process easily be coopted by a person’s selfish tendencies?

What I have found over the years is that when someone really allows themselves to connect with what their spiritual life is about for them—what their deep questions are, what their deep yearning is—then they have all the vitality they need. All of a sudden, the direction of their whole spiritual life starts to become conscious. We don’t get there, though, as long as we’re too stuck in thinking, What’s the prescription? How often should I be meditating? As I often say, “I don’t know. How often do you think you should be meditating?”

Yes, most people are really well served if they spend some time in silence and meditation every day. It’s a great thing. Even if you’re not involved in spiritual pursuits, it’s good for you. But unless you’re connected to the deeper issues—asking, “What is this about for me?”—it’s not going to be meaningful to you. Once you get your question, you have all the vitality that you’ll ever need.

Earlier in this conversation you mentioned enlightenment existing on a sliding scale. How do you know where you are on the scale?

That has to be a living question inside yourself. What is enlightenment at this moment? That takes away all of the measuring yourself against an ideal. There are a lot of ideals in the spiritual world. People will tell you it’s going to look like this or that. I think it’s much healthier if we just admit from the very beginning, “I actually don’t know what it is.”

That way the answer can change, grow, and become something different over time.

It matures as you mature. It’s not just the answer that matures, but the question matures. The question can become more and more simple as the ideas of what we think we’re supposed to be like fall away. This is a process of discovery. You’ve opened the door and it’s raining. What happens, in your experience, when you let go of your opposition to the rain? It’s a question you’re asking rather than a directive to do something.

Sam Mowe is a regular contributor to Spirituality & Health. He splits his time between Brooklyn and Garrison, New York, where he lives and works in a former monastery on the Hudson River.


Published on Mar 17, 2017

http://adyashanti.org – Adyashanti explores what is occurring within the field of our consciousness in every moment. How do you react to situations, no matter whether they are positive or negative experiences of being? Do you find truth and reality within them, or do you simply allow them to be as they are? Instead of being led around by the content of your experience, what would happen if you didn’t automatically ascribe reality to every emotion or thought that arises?

Quotes from this Video:

“We all become completely mesmerized by whatever is occurring within our field of consciousness—whatever we think, whatever we feel, our reactions to what is happening in the world around us, our reactions to our own reactions, and our thoughts about our thinking.”

“There’s nothing in the world that’s going to tell you, ‘You shouldn’t be thinking so much,’ except another thought.”

“Our consciousness is always involved in this relationship with its environment. It’s always eliciting feelings, experiences, and thoughts about those feelings and experiences — and often looking for reality within that matrix.”


Published on Feb 23, 2017

http://adyashanti.org – During one of his silent meditation days, Adyashanti leads this guided meditation that focuses on stillness, listening, and using your breath as a guide. By sitting down for meditation, you are accepting the commitment to just be still. As you rest into your being and your body rests into stillness, your mind can adjust to this new environment and relax into its true nature. From this depth of stillness and deep listening, your natural state of awareness is recognized as always available. Adyashanti invites you into this state of deep availability to notice the already existing stillness that underscores every moment.

Video Excerpted From “Silent Meditation Day Vol. 1 – San Anselmo Mar 2016”(ID #614):
http://bit.ly/2dDIRf8

Quotes from this Video:

“Meditation is the art of listening.”

“If the body remains still, the mind will eventually follow.”

“Take a few minutes to attend to the breath. If there are any places that are holding tension, just notice it, and invite those places to relax.”

“The breath is an anchor point. Think of it like the ballast on the bottom of the boat. A place in you physically between heaven and earth.”

“Because the breath is always there, at any point during the day or any point during your meditation, you can bring attention back to your breath.”

“There is a state of already existing stillness. It’s not something you make happen, it’s simply something that you notice.”

“Your own natural awareness is already and always in a state of allowing everything to be as it is.”


Published on Feb 23, 2017

Have you ever wondered who you are without your personal identity that defines who you believe yourself to be? Spiritual teacher Adyashanti advises us to just stop the narrative self for a moment and see who you are. He says that it is difficult for us to define ourselves when we are not allowed to refer to thoughts. But when we have experienced so much suffering, then the only option might be the death of the ego, which leads to spiritual enlightenment.

Published on Feb 20, 2017

Spiritual Teacher with a Zen Buddhism background Adyashanti tells a beautiful story of how Sri Ramakrishna Paramahansa dealt graciously with cancer and death.

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