Born Stephen Gray, Adyashanti is an American spiritual teacher and author from the San Francisco Bay Area who offers talks, online study courses, and retreats in the United States and abroad.
If you’ve ever wanted to wake up from your dream state, then do we have The Way of Liberation show for you. Today I’ll be talking with the spiritual teacher Adyanshanti, author of two of the most beautiful and important books I’ve ever read, Falling Into Grace, and The Way of Liberation. And that’s just what I want to talk with him about today, about a practical guide to spiritual awakening and enlightenment. Awakening & Enlightenment Self-Improvement and Self-Help topics include: What Adyashanti was like as a child? What he discovered about the world? What his early spiritual experiences were like? What did Adyashanti discover in a book by Alan Watts? How did he get into Zen Buddhism? What did he build in his backyard for meditation practice? What is the “spiritual fast track” What were his awakening experiences? Why is it so important we wake up now? What’s the importance of moving past our egoic minds? What’s the importance of letting go of judgment of yourself? What’s the importance of the question of being? Why is it so important to know thyself? Why is the question of being everything? What does it mean to be sleep walking in life? Why is it so important to awaken? What are the three core practices for awakening? What’s the importance of meditation? What is meditation that helps with awakening? How does one begin with this type of meditation (and for how long)? What is the process of inquiry? How does one begin the process of inquiry, and what can it be done on? How does one balance inquiry with meditation? What’s the importance of introducing a sentence or phrase into meditation? What’s the importance of understanding what is looking through our eyes? A guided meditation to help us begin the awakening process. To find out more visit: Adyashanti.org And for free meditations, weekly tips, stories and similar shows visit: www.InspireNationShow.com  And to support the show and get even more great tools, tips, and behind-the-scenes access, visit: www.Patreon.com/InspireNation  
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.Need help with completing your goals in 2019? The One You Feed Transformation Program can help you accomplish your goals this year.But wait – there’s more! The episode is not quite over!! We continue the conversation and you can access this exclusive content right in your podcast player feed. Head over to our Patreon page and pledge to donate just $10 a month. It’s that simple and we’ll give you good stuff as a thank you!In This Interview, Adyashanti and I Discuss…How his relationship to his wife has become more of a mystery over their 23 years togetherThe role of play and being sillyHow our spiritual striving can get in the way – in meditation, specificallyHow meditation is the relinquishing of an agendaThe way we engage with the mystery of beingThe curiosity that was sparked when he realized he was a mystery unto himselfThat spirituality is an experiential encounter with the unknownThe paradox we’re embracing with meditationStart meditation by listening to the quiet spaces inside, let go of trying to control what’s happening in your mindWhen you realize you’re lost in thought during meditation, kindly and gently encourage your attention back to your meditation anchor or listeningObserve your relationship with failure – or things going some other way than the way you want them to – during meditationGratitude for popping out of the dream or trance state Encountering life attitudes during meditationSpiritual insight during real life – what do you value at any given moment?Chasing a spiritual highAsking “what am I in service to?”Not having to have the feeling in order to engage in right actionAdyshanti Links:adyashanti.orgTwitterFacebookInstagramThe Upper Room – a global ministry where you can join a worldwide community of Christian believers in daily prayer and devotional practice. Go to www.upperroom.org/welcome to get a free 30-day trialTalkSpace – the online therapy company that lets you message a licensed therapist from anywhere at any time. Therapy on demand. Non-judgemental, practical help when you need it at a fraction of the cost of traditional therapy. Visit www.talkspace.com and enter Promo Code: WOLF to get your first week free!If you liked this episode, you might also enjoy these other episodes:Adyashanti (Part 1) 2018Adyashanti (Part 2) 2018Adyashanti (2017)
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, Eric and Adya talk about his latest book, The Most Important Thing: Discovering Truth at the Heart of Life.Need help with completing your goals in 2019? The One You Feed Transformation Program can help you accomplish your goals this year.But wait – there’s more! The episode is not quite over!! We continue the conversation and you can access this exclusive content right in your podcast player feed. Head over to our Patreon page and pledge to donate just $10 a month. It’s that simple and we’ll give you good stuff as a thank you!In This Interview, Adyashanti and I Discuss…His book, The Most Important Thing: Discovering Truth at the Heart of LifeAttention and IntentionThe inquiry at any given time: Where are we giving our attention to?Considering the question: What is worthwhile orienting your life around?The limitations that come with aging How the definition of happiness changes as we ageWholeness of beingLife as it is rather than the image of lifeTwo interpretations of the fact that sometimes those who are the most unhappy tend to be seeking happiness the mostShooting for meaning rather than happinessHow meaning is an experience of beingThe inquiry: What am I in service to?That we don’t seem to do well as human beings when we live exclusively for ourselvesWhat does it mean to really serve what you realize (rather than trying to realize more and more)The mistaken thinking that an act of service must be grand in scale or scope or must be visible to really count or matterHow it’s easy to be noble when you are noticed but in most of our lives that’s not what’s taking placeThat giving time and attention when someone needs it can make for transformative momentsSeeing the importance of the things you do in your life now that are in serviceThat you can’t make yourself awaken but what you do DOES have an impact – it’s just indirectThe yearning itself comes from the very thing we’re yearning for (in terms of awakening)Adyshanti Links:adyashanti.orgTwitterFacebookInstagramDaily Harvest – they deliver absolutely delicious organic, carefully sourced, chef-created fruit and veggie smoothies, soups, overnight oats, bowls and more! To get 3 cups free in your first box, visit www.daily-harvest.com and enter promo code: FEEDFabFitFun is a seasonal subscription box delivered 4 times a year with full-sized beauty, fashion, home, fitness, and wellness products for just $49.99 a box – though the box is valued at more than $200. The summer box is valued at over $400! Eric’s girlfriend absolutely loved the box they sent and has already signed up to receive their fall box. Use the code FEED to get $10 off your first box at www.fabfitfun.comPhlur makes stunning, non-toxic perfumes, listing every ingredient and why it’s there. Visit www.phlur.com and enter promo code WOLF to get 20% off first custom sampler setIf you liked this episode, you might also enjoy these other episodes:Adyashanti (Part 1) 2018Adyashanti (Part 2) 2018
  Please Support The Show With a Donation   This week we talk to Adyashanti about waking up Adyashanti, author of The Way of Liberation, Resurrecting Jesus, Falling into Grace, and The End of Your World, 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. Asked to teach in 1996 by his Zen teacher of 14 years, Adyashanti offers teachings that are free of any tradition or ideology. “The Truth I point to is not confined within any religious point of view, belief system, or doctrine, but is open to all and found within all.” Based in California, Adyashanti teaches throughout the U.S. and in Canada, Europe, and Australia.   In This Interview, Adyashanti and I Discuss... That our work as humans is on the journey from a walking contradiction to a walking paradox That if we see something out of alignment with our value system we feel it in our body as tension That our bodies are our best aid when it comes to navigating our inner consciousness That there are different types of awakening That awakening is a fundamental shift of identity The primary task of any good spiritual teaching is not to answer your questions but to question your answers What to do when you WANT to change but then you can't seem to change The 5 foundations of spirituality What is my aspiration? That wanting to feel pleasure can only take us so far When we start feeling better we'll stop looking deeper Never abdicate your authority That "true" meditation is the art of allowing everything to be exactly as it is That meditation is there for us to get experiential insight into the nature of our being, our consciousness The importance of bringing your intelligence along for the ride in meditation To let go of what the outcome should be in meditation Our whole body is a sensory instrument through which we experience life That self-inquiry is joining the intellectual mind with the contemplative spirit An unresolved deep question is often what sparks an awakening How contemplation is different from meditation and inquiry The three means of evoking insight: contemplation, meditation, and inquiry The Jesus story is a map for awakening How the Jesus story is so compelling What life is like for awakened people That awakening can be sudden and/or it can be a gradual unfolding How enlightenment is the end of one game and the beginning of another The difference between exploration and seeking Whether or not psychedelic drugs play a role in awakening Please Support The Show with a Donation    
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Creator Details

Birthdate
Oct 26th, 1962
Location
San Jose, California, USA
Episode Count
5
Podcast Count
3
Total Airtime
4 hours, 30 minutes