Vipassana meditation continues …….

The main Dhamma hall in the Prachenburi Vipass...

To my amazement, I continue to practice Vipassana meditation every day for 2 hours. I am finding that I feel so much better within myself and I’m handling a big life transition so much better than I would have normally. My mind is very busy and there is some stress in my life now yet I feel that I can cope more effectively. It is lovely to feel that everything is going to be OK.

I love how the teacher said “the mind is like a wild animal” which needs to be trained with patience and persistence. No point in getting angry and annoyed with a wild animal because it will not respond favourably. The art of sharpening the mind is to remain calm and peaceful and accept that the mind will wonder, that is its nature, that is what it will do. So why get angry and frustrated with a mind for doing what it does. It is easier to relax and say “the mind will wonder, that is its nature”.  I found this phrase simply bought the mind back to the moment without fuss so I could continue meditating. Beautiful in its simplicity.

Back in the moment I am able to feel the sensation being experienced in the body and it passes, dissolves with all the worry leaving me able to see what is happening and make a rational informed decision. My style so far has been to respond to emotions with such urgency that I never gave myself time to stop and think what was really happening. Half the time I was wrong and created the very scenario that I had imagined. I imagined what was going to happen and then made that my reality because I believed that was reality.

Approaching problems with a calm mind and compassion is so refreshing. I am not an expert by any means but have had some amazing results. Compassion for others frees me from my resentments which actually hurts me. It is ironic how resentment and anger are so damaging to me when others have done the wrong thing. Forgiveness is difficult but is very liberating because you have to let go of your anger to forgive. Once again, beautiful in its simplicity. Hanging onto anger  usually involves an attachment to “they shouldn’t have or I didn’t deserve that” or the worse case scenario is when anger towards another can be used as an excuse to behave poorly. I’ve done that too!

Letting go of old attachments clears the way for others to follow. Creating new attachments keeps the old ones alive. Equanimity opened the door for me. I was hanging onto my attachments to old memories because I could, for example stay angry at that person and then I could justify why I felt so unwell and did not want to do this or that.

Letting go is the go.

Take Care

Therapy Monkey

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