Vipassana

 

 

 Our lives are constant; changing; testing us to our limits. By realizing change, understanding the why’s and the why not's, we can become do-ers rather than do-tos.

Vipassana is an ancient Indian meditation technique practiced around the world. The approach is practical, rational, even scientific. It is an objective investigation of our own minds and bodies, free from any beliefs and rituals. Our problems are universal, therefore our solutions must be as well. Individuals are not only developing their own potential as human beings, but are able to make a greater contribution to society as a whole.

To practice vipassana is to practice seeing things in a special way – as they really are, not just as they appear to be.

The initial object of the meditation is to activate the experience of ‘anicca’ (impermanence) in oneself and to eventually reach a state of inner and outer calmness and balance. Achievement comes when one becomes engrossed in the feeling of anicca within.

In February, I took part in a 10 day vipassana silent meditation retreat. One word to describe it - #%&*@. In all seriousness, it was an amazing experience that I truly enjoyed (mainly after we had finished!) I figured not being able to speak for that long would be what drove me crazy, but that was the easy part. To sit in silent meditation, over 11 hours a day...with only our thoughts and emotions to keep us preoccupied...that was pure trouble with a sweet sprinkle of torture.

The sensations and bizarre 'creative' thoughts that took over my mind were pretty spectacular, and looking back on it now, I would absolutely do it over. To sign up for another 10 day course in the future...perhaps not. But to have taken this on with zero meditation experience behind me...I felt pretty good about my ability to actually shut it off and breathe. Well, for about 2 minutes anyways.