Adyashanti What is it like to live an Awakened Life?
Adyashanti - The Awakened Way
What is it like to live an awakened life?
While the world is trying to solve its problems and everyone around you is engaged in the same, you’re not.While everybody around you is trying to figure it out, trying to arrive, trying to “get there,” trying to be worthy,you’re not. While everyone thinks that awakening is a grand, noble, halo-enshrouded thing, for you it’s not.While everybody is running from this life right now, in this moment, to try to get there, you’re not. Whereeverybody has an argument with somebody else, mostly everybody else, starting with themselves, you don’t.Where everybody is so sure that happiness will come when something is different than it is now, you know thatit won’t. When everybody else is looking to achieve the perfect state and hold on to it, you’re not.When everybody around you has a whole host of ideas and beliefs about a whole variety of things, you don’t.Everyone on the path is getting there; you haven’t gotten anywhere. Everyone is climbing the mountain; you’reselling hiking boots and picks at the foot in the hope that if they climb it and come back down, they may be tooexhausted to do it again. When everybody else is looking to the next book, to the next teacher, to the next guruto be told what’s real, to be given the secret key to an awakened life, you’re not. You don’t have a key becausethere’s not a lock to put it in.When you’re living what you are in an awakened way, being simply what you’ve always been, you’re actuallyvery simple. You basically sit around wondering what all the fuss is about.When everyone is sitting around saying, “I hope that happens to me,” you remember when you did that. Youremember that you didn’t find a solution to that. You remember that the whole idea that there was a problemcreated all of that.When you’re being what you are, when you’re living the awakened life, there’s nobody to forgive, becausethere’s no resentment held, no matter what.The truth of your being doesn’t crave happiness; it could actually care less. It doesn’t crave love, not becauseyou are so full of love, but because it just doesn’t crave love. It’s very simple. It doesn’t seek to be known,regarded highly, or understood. When you’re living what you are in an awakened way, there’s no ideal for youanymore. You’ve stepped off the entire cycle of suffering, of becoming; you’re not interested.It’s a curious life you find yourself in. You find yourself… where you are. Not where I am, where you are.Where you really are. Where we really are. It’s a curious place to be (especially in the beginning) not to bedriven by anything—pleasure or displeasure, helping or hurting, loving or hating. The only thing that will moveyou (and I don’t mean to be too poetic about this) is the same thing that moves a leaf hanging from a tree. It’ssimply because the breeze blows that way. So you always know what to do: The breeze blows that way, and that’s the way you go. You don’t ask questions anymore. You don’t evaluate why the breeze is blowing that way because you know that you don’t know why. And you know you can’t know why. There’s never been a leaf anywhere that knows why the wind blows that way on that day at that moment. That breeze changes theorientation of your life, moment to moment to moment, simply because that’s the way life’s moving. And whenyou’re living in your awakened self you have no argument with the way it’s moving because it is the same asyou are.And you know that the breeze was always there, from the very beginning, and that it wasn’t reserved for special people. If you didn’t notice it at some point in your life, you know it was because you weren’t listening, or because you thought you had to figure something out before you could listen, or because you thought there had October 5, 2003 Page 1