Adyashanti "Addiction To Thought"

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Adyashanti "Addiction To Thought"

Post by James » Sat Jul 12, 2008 2:58 pm

Addiction to Thought -Radio Adyashanti from JULY 10th

Great broadcast, it is available to purchase as a download in the archive section of Adyashanti's site/ CafeDharma. ... radio&rid=

I love it when Adya talks about the addiction to thinking. It is the
most widespread and destructive addiction on the planet, (we could say
it is the root cause of all addictions and suffering), yet very few are
aware of it. Like any other addiction, there is a strong element of
denial involved, not wanting to relinquish it, and not being able to see
the forest from the trees. As humans we don't want to give up our drug of choice, "thinking".
Program description
"Humanity is horrendously addicted to thought." In this direct
yet poetic talk, Adyashanti asks us to examine our thought-induced
identity and to consider the cost of this addiction to ourselves and
others. Weaving his commentary around a poem by Indian mystic Lalla,
Adya guides us toward living beyond thought—where our true identity


Adya is saying essentially the same thing as Eckhart Tolle in regards to thinking. That it is not the type of thinking that is the trouble maker but thinking itself. Positive thinking is merely the flip side of negative thinking. To believe positive thinking is of value still gives power to thought. Todays positive thoughts could turn negative tomorrow.

So then we say to ourselves "I must stop the mind or thought", but that is impossible. The way out of the human dilemma is to cease identification with thought, ideas, concepts, imaginations. To abide in the Self, Soul or Being as true identity, then thoughts come and go but they no longer matter. The mind may become quiet, or it may not, but that no longer matters either, we can always rest in Consciousness itself; because that is what we are, that is our true nature.

The poem he read in the beginning by Indian Mystic Lalla is beautiful... The Soul is always new like the moon.


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Re: Adyashanti "Addiction To Thought"

Post by Webwanderer » Sat Jul 12, 2008 4:36 pm

Thanks for the referral James. I like the phrase "thought-induced identity". That certainly brings the human dilema into perspective.

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