What Is the Purpose of Silent Retreat?

What Is the Purpose of Silent Retreat? By Amoda Maa Jeevan, author of Embodied Enlightenment First published: http://blog.non-dualitypress.com/2017/11/08/what-is-the-purpose-of-silent-retreat-by-amoda-maa/ Many spiritual traditions offer silent retreat as the basis of their teachings. Most often, some kind of meditative practice is central to this—a way to still the mind and be more present. In the privileged Western world, silent retreat is…

THROW AWAY THE CONCEPT OF SPIRITUALITY

I invite you to throw away the concept of spirituality, and even throw away the concept of awakening. Instead, I speak directly to the human and how to live a fully authentic life as the openness of your natural state. You were born as naturalness, you were born as innocence, you were born as openness….

Your Glorious Nakedness

There’s a tendency, I keep seeing it. The tendency to need approval from an outside authority. I see it in seekers who need a teacher’s recognition that they have reached a state of awakening, that they have arrived at the destination. And I see it in newly fledged spiritual teachers hanging on to a lineage…

Children are the way of the future

Awakening is not a luxury but a necessity. When this awakeness infuses our relationships, we are fully present and true in our energy field without recoiling into hurt or rejection or resentment. We stay open and tender, we listen with our innermost being not our mind, and we speak from love not fear. Relating to…

Embodied Spirituality

I talk about embodied spirituality .. but do not mistake this for some body-centered method nor a tantric explosion of the senses. I talk about the new feminine frequency .. but do not mistake this for some airy-fairy idea nor a statement of feminism. I talk about oneness .. but do not mistake this for…

Confessions of a Spiritual Teacher

This piece first appeared in NEWS FROM NON-DUALITY PRESS Even as a spiritual teacher, life is not always easy. There is an idea that after awakening, life just flows along in some kind of fluffy way—that there is nothing we have to do and nothing we want and nothing to work toward—and so we experience only…

You Want To Awaken But….

You want to awaken. You’ve had enough of the voices in your head, telling you you’re wrong or not good enough. You’ve had enough of feeling low, feeling blue, feeling like the world is a terrible place. You want to feel loved and safe. You want to awaken. You want more peace, more happiness, more…

LIVING AS SILENCE 

We mostly think of silence as the opposite of noise, as something we can find by getting away from our everyday lives, or something we can create by switching off the phone, lighting a few candles, and relaxing on the couch. But silence is not an object or a commodity. It can neither be found…

BE DEEP LIKE A TREE

Be like a tree, my friend. Stay open and present in the midst of the storm. And let your roots go even deeper. This depth is the source of your aliveness. Know that you are alive and flourishing even when circumstances appear to be hindering you. Truly, there is nothing that stop your essential aliveness,…

The Body as A Gateway To Liberation

Strictly nondual beliefs such as “The body is an illusion,” “Only consciousness is real,” and “I am not my body,” are very often a convenient excuse for avoiding an awkward and poten- tially painful inquiry that challenges the much-cherished notion of awakening as a transcendent state without the messiness of the human experience. If this…

Rest Here

When the intensity of the earthly experience strikes you, soften into the embrace of the unbearable. When the unexpected brings you to your knees, bow down all the way and be thankful for the hidden gift. When your heart is ripped open by the agony of existence, open even wider than that. When you are…