Adya warmly shares a discovery of his youth: whole-body listening, and how it can shift mental orientation and benefit meditation. While answering questions from program participants, Adya further shares about navigating mind: seeing that thoughts don’t define you, questioning beliefs, and finding balance amidst dualistic conclusions. He also speaks to the importance of relaxation and allowance in spiritual practice, such that what arises in mind and body can clarify and transform.
“The problem at the end of the day isn’t necessarily with the ego, per se. It’s with the identification with it. When we see through the identification (with ego), that’s a pretty immense insight.”
“Some scary stuff and some unusual, surprising stuff can come out of the darker part of our psyche, but that (dark) doesn’t necessarily mean bad. It’s just light and dark—everybody has these aspects in their being. Nobody’s all light.”
“When you get an insight, don’t concretize it, but take it in. Let it have its transforming value, whatever that might be. Let it keep breathing. Let it keep informing. Let it keep transforming. There may be much deeper insights to come.”
“What a powerful drug does is take the whole thing out of your hands. That is the beauty of it and that’s the potential danger of it.”
Recorded in Santa Cruz, California on September 6, 2023.
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