Sage advice from Adyashanti, my favorite meditation teacher.

Adyashanti, formerly known as Stephen Gray, is one of the foremost spiritual teachers alive today. He lives near San Francisco and draws on a potpourri of traditions, chiefly Buddhism, but also Hinduism and Christianity, for his teachings.

I specifically like his approach toward meditation. He emphasizes relaxing into the natural…

It’s no different than pursuing the piano, tennis or anything else.

I know tons of people who get into the spiritual stuff and then early on throw up their hands, saying it’s too hard. That they just “don’t have it” in this area. So they blow it off.

If you’re one of those people who has blown off spiritual work or…

It’s about getting out of your way.

I think you know what I mean by the ‘blahs.’ That sustained feeling of low energy and general malaise.

I’m not talking about full-blown depression. I’ve been there and done that and that has a whole different set of characteristics and treatments. …

And propel you down the spiritual path.

Rumi is one of those handful of people throughout human history who was both deeply wise AND remarkably eloquent in expressing that wisdom in his writings. …

It’s about the two ways we can live our lives, the one that works and the one most people do that doesn’t work.

There are two basic ways that people can lead their lives, one of which almost everybody does and another that very few do. The former leads to a life of frustration while the latter offers the only path to a life of peace and contentment.

Bold assertions? Absolutely. An accurate…

My experience can help you, too.

I wrote recently about a hunk of egoic baggage I need to let go of — that being the need to satisfy my childhood need to be viewed as a winner. These days it rears its ugly head mainly in the area of winning senior tennis tournament matches.

I know…

It’s a sure-fire way to get better at being present for the moments of your life.

Thich Nhat Hanh (TNH) is a 94 year old Vietnamese Buddhist monk who is one of my all-time favorite human beings. He’s been a top spiritual leader on planet earth for the past fifty years with much of his work centered on practicing mindfulness.

Here’s how long he has been…

And how to use my examples to make a list of your own.

If I’ve written it once, I’ve written it twenty times: Letting go of our egoic baggage is the linchpin for spiritual growth. …

No surprise, there’s food involved.

My wife and I lived in Paris for two months back in 2006. She had just left a stressful job, and I was writing a screenplay about Teddy Roosevelt so we figured, I can write anywhere so why not Paris?

We lived in a tiny, perfect, one-bedroom apartment in the…

It’s about relaxing.

I’ve been a serious tennis player since I was a kid. Played on the junior tennis circuit in Southern California then headed 3,000 miles east and played on the varsity team at Princeton University for four years. …

David Gerken

Meditation and Mindfulness teacher. Dad of three precious kids. Former writer for THE WEST WING. Follow me at davidgerken.net.

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