Adyashanti is an American born spiritual teacher devoted to serving the awakening of all beings. His teachings are an open invitation to stop, inquire and recognize what is true and liberating at the core of all existence. Adyashanti also runs the Omega retreat which Eric has taken part in many times. In this episode, part 2 of a 2 part interview, Eric and Adya continue their conversation about his latest book, The Most Important Thing: Discovering Truth at the Heart of Life.
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In This Interview, Adyashanti and I Discuss…
- How his relationship to his wife has become more of a mystery over their 23 years together
- The role of play and being silly
- How our spiritual striving can get in the way – in meditation, specifically
- Meditation is the relinquishing of an agenda
- How we engage with the mystery of being.
- The curiosity that was sparked when he realized he was a mystery unto himself
- Spirituality is an experiential encounter with the unknown
- The paradox we’re embracing with meditation
- Start meditation by listening to the quiet spaces inside and also let go of trying to control what’s happening in your mind
- When you realize you’re lost in thought during meditation, gently encourage your attention back to your meditation anchor or listening
- Observe your relationship with failure – or things going some other way than the way you want them to – during meditation
- Gratitude for popping out of the dream or trance state
- Encountering life attitudes during meditation
- Spiritual insight during real life – what do you value at any given moment?
- Chasing a spiritual high
- Asking “what am I in service to?”
- Not having to have the feeling in order to engage in right action
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Denis Dillane says
Being listening to your podcasts recently and am surprised at your interpretation of “rubbish in rubbish out”. My understanding is that this phrase originated and applies to computing and is not really a good analogy for the human mind or brain.