Opening Up

To Yourself

with Amoda Maa

The Question

What if everything that happens to us in life really is for our own benefit?

The breakups, job losses, conflicts – all fuel for something much more profound, peace and deep insight.

How can we open ourselves up to it?

Amoda Maa – Spiritual Teacher and Author – discusses what it means to bring a tender openness to all our experience so that we can realize this most noble of life experiences.

If you’re interested in getting deeply intimate with life, this is an episode for you.

Our Guest

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Amoda Maa

Spiritual Teacher and Author

Amoda Maa is a contemporary spiritual teacher and author.

Her childhood and early adult years of personal hardship – marked by isolation, unexpected events, loss, and depression – were the catalyst for her spiritual search many years later. When her academic career as a psychologist (she pioneered the early research at the University of London into the “runner’s high” and the relationship between psychological well-being and exercise) and her long-term relationship collapsed in the late 1980’s, she became penniless, homeless and without an identity.

At rock bottom, she found herself fully open to living in the present, and she embarked on a journey of inner exploration that eventually led to a love affair with India. After many years of intense meditation and psycho-spiritual practices, as well as a series of spontaneous transcendent and visionary experiences, she stopped searching for a teacher or teaching and life became the real guru.

Amoda is now based in the USA, offering talks, meetings and retreats to a growing audience. She is also a faculty member of Omega Institute and Kripalu Center, a frequent speaker at conferences and events (including the Science & Nonduality Conference and the Conference of Nondual Wisdom & Psychology at the California Institute of Integral Studies), and a frequent radio-show guest.

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The Talk

Amoda Maa is a contemporary spiritual teacher and author who offers refreshingly modern, profound pointers to truth beyond spiritual tradition or ideology while bringing a cutting-edge perspective to spiritual inquiry.

At the core of her work and espoused deeply in her latest book – Embodied Enlightenment – she talks about how important bringing love and tenderness is to our most challenging experiences in life.

She dispels the view of a transcendent enlightenment and instead presents a new, feminine expression of awakened consciousness for all—one that is felt and known through what our everyday lives are made of: our emotions, bodies, intimate relationships, work, and life’s purpose.

Coming up to ourselves in this way is the gateway to true effortless surrender to life and the real discipline of a peaceful life.

Our conversation went deeply into what it means to learn from our lives and fall into grace through love for our experience.

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The Questions

  • Can you talk a little bit about your start to life. I know it was perhaps a difficult beginning in your family setup but I’m curious about at least how that shaped your mind and led you towards your awakening?
  • What do you mean when you say “my suffering became my doorway to freedom”?
  • What I love about your work is that it goes right to the heart of some of the deepest and most common questions that plague us and with each one you tend towards a kind of softness each and every time. How do you reflect upon the common question ‘How can i stop feeling unworthy?’
  • How important is it to be open amidst our own tragedy?
  • I wanted to zoom in on letting go and surrender. That’s obviously something that is highly desirable and spoken of a lot but what does that really mean to you? How do you sense the difference?
  • How can one be open life’s difficulties?
  • Why is love and a feminine approach the only real solution to peace?

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