Vipassana meditation is one of the oldest meditation technique of India.
Vipassana literally means to see things as they are in reality.
It is a process of self purification by self observation.
So there I was with uncertain health and the life I knew destroyed by MS.
I decided it was the perfect time to try again a silent 10 days’ meditation retreat.
That was my first meditation marathon!
This time I went an hour away from Montreal to the Goenka Vipassana meditation center https://www.suttama.dhamma.org/.
We would wake up at 4h in the morning to begin our first meditation.
We would meditate for more than ten hours every day.
We were not allowed to talk or read or write.
We were not allowed to do any physical exercise.
We ate very little.
This time I was able to sit in meditation for hours everyday.
It was everything but easy!
It was painful at times in my body.
It was boring at other times.
It made me sleepy sometimes.
It was also fascinating to spend so much time just observing.
Nothing external could distract me.
I could observe all my internal distractions! And they were unending!
This is the perfect place to practice just being!
I experienced the first of the three universal truth of life: impermanence. Experiencing this truth was one of the most valuable lessons of my life.
Just sitting still, trying to watch my breath, as the air goes in and out of my nose. I could observe how everything in my field of awareness is constantly changing.
Sensations in my body change from one moment to the next.
Emotions flow through me like the waves in the see.
Thoughts come and go at an amazing speed like the clouds in the sky.
Everything is changing. Only my awareness remains unchanging.
I am the observer of all the phenomena that constantly arise and fall away.
I came back home with a new mantra to put on my wall: “This too shall pass”.
If something unpleasant is arising, rest assured that his too shall pass! So relax!
If something pleasant is arising, just the same, rest assured that this too shall pass! So relax and enjoy!
This teaches us to go beyond duality!
It helps us to develop equanimity: the ability to be with something whatever it is, the ability to go beyond the mental labels of good or bad.
It helps us welcome whatever appears.
“Praise and blame, gain and loss, pleasure and sorrow come and go like the wind.
To be happy, rest like a giant tree in the midst of them all,” Buddha teaches us.
This was the beginning of meeting myself, the beginning of getting to know myself.
Do you ever spend some time getting to know your precious self? 💜