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A podcast from Brian Thompson, Zen vegan poet, living on a mountain by the sea, writing about our common state of being, non-duality & infinity—author of Sparks to Awaken.

Featuring discussions on mindful living, inner awakening, transformation and transcendent awareness — with a new episode every Thursday.

The Zen Thinking Podcast shares teachings and experiences of Zen wisdom, Non-Duality, Taoist and Buddhist philosophy—in an informal manner—through an awakened personal narrative, to help you understand the nature of your true self so that you can live peacefully in the present moment.

Links to any of the writings featured in the podcast can be found at: http://www.zenthinking.net/podcast.

★ If you enjoy my work become a patron: http://www.patreon.com/zenthinking ★

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A podcast from Brian Thompson, Zen vegan poet, living on a mountain by the sea, writing about our common state of being, non-duality & infinity—author of Sparks to Awaken.

Featuring discussions on mindful living, inner awakening, transformation and transcendent awareness — with a new episode every Thursday.

The Zen Thinking Podcast shares teachings and experiences of Zen wisdom, Non-Duality, Taoist and Buddhist philosophy—in an informal manner—through an awakened personal narrative, to help you understand the nature of your true self so that you can live peacefully in the present moment.

Links to any of the writings featured in the podcast can be found at: http://www.zenthinking.net/podcast.

★ If you enjoy my work become a patron: http://www.patreon.com/zenthinking ★

    Episode 76 - All is Well

    Episode 76 - All is Well

    This week's episode is entirely spontaneous without any planned topics and without any featured readings.

    I didn't know where this "go-with-the-flow" talk would take me, but I ended up discussing the phrase, "All is well"—which is, in a nutshell, the absolute truth of reality.

    All is well.

    It is only the false "I" that believes otherwise.

    The imagined separate self, which the mind asserts into your life as the persistent I-thought, which attaches itself onto the world in a perceived position of duality, will always define itself (and its happiness) in varying states of conceptual opposition.

    See through the false duality of your being. Realize the perfect, peaceful and quiet presence of your true Self—Pure Consciousness, Absolute Awareness.

    As always, this episode is best listened to in total silence, free of distractions.

    Dive deep into your innermost self. Expose the untruths which you've been clinging to, and realize That which is ever-present... which is, all is well.

    Thanks for listening.

    Much love,
    Brian Thompson
    http://www.zenthinking.net

    ♥︎ If you enjoy my work, become a patron: http://www.patreon.com/zenthinking

    Read the show notes for this episode at http://www.zenthinking.net/podcast.

    • 59 min
    Episode 75 — The Freedom of Realizing Yourself as Consciousness

    Episode 75 — The Freedom of Realizing Yourself as Consciousness

    In this week’s episode, I discuss the importance of observing the activities of mind, as they happen, and not reacting to its illusory mental projections.

    The mind is never satisfied. It continually bounces back and forth between desire and fear, sadness and happiness, pleasure and pain, lack and abundance. However, this duality is imagined only, it isn’t real.

    You are not relative to the contents of thought, no matter how it might feel. You are pure consciousness—and so too are all your conceptions, perceptions, sensations, and experiences.

    Everything is consciousness. Everything is a reflection of your Self—not your imagined self, but your actual self of Absolute Awareness.

    Observe the objects of thought just as you would an object appearing off in the distance. Realize yourself as the empty aware presence in which all “things” arise and in which they also disappear.

    You are beyond it all, and yet, you are also one with everything. Everything is your Self.

    Know yourself as Pure Consciousness—Absolute Freedom—content, peaceful, unaffected, and unchanged by any appearance that happens to arise.

    You are not something. You are nothing, but this nothingness, is absolutely everything.

    Brian Thompson
    http://www.zenthinking.net

    ♥︎ If you enjoy my work, become a patron: http://www.patreon.com/zenthinking

    Read the show notes for this episode at http://www.zenthinking.net/podcast.

    • 48 min
    Episode 74 — Return to Zero

    Episode 74 — Return to Zero

    I’m back!

    I took an unexpected couple of months off from writing and podcasting, but here I Am… and hopefully the pointings I have to share are even more clear and precise than before.

    In this new podcast episode I point towards the knowing of your true emptiness—the Absolute Zero, from which all that seems to be, appears, and in which all that seems to be seen, heard, and felt, arises.

    Be the selfless witnessing of all experience.

    Let go. Let go. Let go.

    Return to Zero.

    Know yourself as an empty Knowing presence, nothing more.

    Relax and abide in the bliss of nothing, in which the beauty of all somethings effortlessly pass through—free of mental attachment.

    Om shanti shanti shanti.

    Brian Thompson
    www.zenthinking.net

    ♥︎ If you enjoy my work, become a patron: www.patreon.com/zenthinking

    Read the show notes for this episode at www.zenthinking.net/podcast.

    • 52 min
    Episode 73 — A Quiet Contemplation of Self-Inquiry

    Episode 73 — A Quiet Contemplation of Self-Inquiry

    Join me in a meditation of Self, an inquiry into understanding the true nature of this knowing presence that you are and that I am.

    Self-Inquiry, otherwise known as atma-vichara in Sanskrit, is a tool used in Advaita Vedanta’s seminal practice of Jnana Yoga, which is the Yoga of Wisdom.

    This wisdom is not of the intellect however, it is the wisdom of knowing your Self as you truly are, and not how you think you are. Self-Inquiry is used to dispel the illusion of mind which is continually projected onto the world (and self) you perceive.

    Self-Inquiry dissolves the ignorance of the falsely perceived personal self into the silent awareness of pure consciousness, which is the very presence of being which you acknowledge through your utterance of, I am.

    I often speak of Self-Inquiry, but few understand how to approach it in their daily life. So, if this interests you, please join me in this podcast for a quiet walk-through of this inner-inquiry, which is the oldest question in the Universe—Who am I?

    Delve into the nature of your being, of consciousness, and find your Self.

    Om shanti shanti shanti

    Brian Thompson
    http://www.zenthinking.net

    ♥︎ If you enjoy my work, become a patron: http://www.patreon.com/zenthinking

    Read the show notes for this episode at http://www.zenthinking.net/podcast.

    • 1 hr 4 min
    Episode 72 — Seeing through the Dream of the Personal Self

    Episode 72 — Seeing through the Dream of the Personal Self

    In this week's new episode I share some pointers to help awaken you to your true nature, which is a peaceful presence of pure consciousness, free from the mind's dream-like influence.

    Our continual stream of thoughts seem to rule our every waking moment, but, life doesn't have to be this way.

    We don't have to be so overwhelmed by the mind and its contents. We don't have to be troubled by the thoughts the ego projects, nor do we have to identify with any of the emotions that seem to flow through us.

    We always have a choice—a choice to not react to the mind and to, instead, abide only in our presence of awareness, empty of influence.

    I hope this episode helps point you towards knowing your truth of being—that which is always here and now.

    Thanks for listening.

    Brian Thompson
    http://www.zenthinking.net

    ♥︎ If you enjoy my work, become a patron: http://www.patreon.com/zenthinking

    Read the show notes for this episode at http://www.zenthinking.net/podcast.

    • 1 hr 25 min
    Episode 71 — Noticing the Silent Stillness of Self

    Episode 71 — Noticing the Silent Stillness of Self

    This week's podcast is an exploration of Self.

    Join me in this quiet meditation—a contemplation of your aware presence—to reveal the changeless aspect of your being which has always been.

    In the silent stillness of non-reactivity, no longer deluded by the mind, your original Self will show itself, and your natural presence of peace will become apparent.

    Thanks for listening to the show, I hope you enjoy it.
    Brian

    ♥︎ If you enjoy my work, become a patron: http://www.patreon.com/zenthinking

    Much love,
    Brian Thompson
    http://www.zenthinking.net

    Read the show notes for this episode at http://www.zenthinking.net/podcast.

    • 1 hr 4 min

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