Vipassa what? Vipassana Meditation is one of India’s most ancient meditation techniques.
“It is not a blind faith or philosophy, and has nothing to do with sectarian religion. Vipassana is a practical method that can be applied by anyone of average intelligence. Its goal is to purify the mind, to eliminate the tensions and negativities that make us miserable”.
Practically it involved a trip just north of Auckland – where I lived & meditated with 100 people for 11 nights. We observed “noble silence” for 10 days – no talking, no eye contact, no electronic devices (yip that meant NO phone, email or facebook). We were woken at 4am every morning & we meditated for 10 hours per day.
I admit I expected the “no talking” part to be a challenge. Apparently there was a sweepstake at our local District Club as to how long I would last. My husband gave me 6 hours, taking into account sleeping time! In actual fact that was the easiest part. It was liberating not to have to talk to anyone.
The 4am starts were hard going. The 10 hours of meditating each day was physically, mentally and emotionally demanding. I’m still not convinced that my body was made to sit cross legged for 10 hours per day.
Being alone with my own mind was interesting, frightening, amusing, confronting and enlightening.
I know it all sounds a bit “Eat Pray Love” – which is pretty much what it was without the trip to India!
These Meditation Retreats (not sure where the “retreat” part comes into it!) are held all around the world. Everyone is welcome to take part.
It was an incredible experience & I thoroughly recommend it. I’m certainly ready for 2015 – bring it on!
Go to www.medini.dhamma.org for more information.