“My question is, I have overcome a lot from addiction, anxiety, self esteem and I owe it all to Buddhism and my practice of almost three years. As I approach my 3rd soberthday. I kind of feel like I read too many Buddhist books and that though I have come so far, I really haven't gotten anywhere, is that weird? In the midst of feeling so much better and waking up a little. I wonder if I've gotten anywhere at all. Your thoughts, please and thank you.”
Sometimes when I talk with people during one-to-ones, there can be a certain "spiritual conditioning" that ends up suppressing natural creative thoughts or desires. It's good to feel good. There are no downsides when it all comes from within...
Do you ever feel as if you have become anti-thought? As if thoughts are bad and shouldn't be there? Sometimes we can accidentally pick up attitudes against our own minds that don't serve us very well. I hope you find the video helpful…
For example, letting yourself feel annoyed is far more helpful than hating yourself for feeling annoyed or fighting your own annoyance. If we give ourselves permission to feel however we are feeling rather than condemning the feelings, then suddenly there is some more space, the feelings don't seem quite so harsh or heavy, and the suffering decreases….
I have a question if it's OK to ask, question being when feeling great energy related to anxiety I just say to myself I'm just going to allow this energy to pass through me and then relax into and visualise the passing through and out of me. What are your thoughts on this. Thank you…
"Hey Adam, I am more aware of my own body than I ever was before. However, it somehow scares me. I discover unpleasantness that I did not even know existed. For example, as I come to the present, I feel pain and I hear this noise in my head (a tinnitus) ... It almost feels as if I am creating all this myself, maybe by becoming aware but being scared/resistant to what is. Is that possible? I am somehow disappointed in myself when I realise that I am not accepting the unpleasant sensations..."
Sometimes there can be so many rules and "shoulds" about meditation that it can be easy to miss what you are really looking for. The tip in this video might help you to bypass years of strenuous practice and go straight to where you really want to be. I hope it helps.
Hope you’re well. If you have time, what is appropriate to tell 10 and 8 year old kids about our true nature?
Maybe you have already written about this. Do we have a true nature? Etc.
One of my kid’s often asks what happens to us after we die type questions and I say things like, maybe we return to our essence nature - spirit and she wants to know what do we do though, as spirit. I want to know too!
I want to ask you a question. I have been meditating for 35 years now so I am able to "stand apart" and watch my thoughts and feelings happen without attaching the self to them. I just feel them without resistance and let them pass. My doubt is about what happens after that.
I mostly encounter my painbody in interaction with other people, for example when communication gets tense or someone talks to me in an angry way, that seems to trigger old pain immediately and my 'harmed ego' shoots into reaction. Mostly that leads to a reaction from the other party and things can then easily escalate.
My books and blogs speak enough about what to do (or not do) when you are experiencing “mind storms” of anxiety, anger, frustration, or an oncoming depression. “Pain body” or “Painmaker” attacks can create a whirlwind of uncontrollable suffering that leaves someone feeling as if they are a victim of their own mind and emotions.
For this week, rather than focussing on what to do or not do when these mind storms come, instead focus on the clarity or peace that is present when these mind storms are NOT there.
My question is how does one move past from the past? In other words I’m realizing as I get older that there were things about my childhood which have affected me until now and I haven’t addressed them fully within myself. Feelings of having to be perfect and be “successful” and to be independent and not too sensitive etc. I feel guilty putting it into words because I didn’t lack anything growing up and my parents were loving to their best abilities...