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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Vipassana meditation

Entrance to the Prachenburi Vipassana Meditati...

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I just spent 10 days on a Vipassana meditation course. It was, without a doubt one of the best experiences of my life. Beautiful in its simplicity, the technique was easy to learn. Clear instructions and helpful teachers took the confusion away. The clarity I experienced was most welcome.

I had no idea how easily my mind wandered off and how much I have struggled to stay focused. An early school report said that I was “easily distracted”. Sharpening the mind showed me how dull and distracted it had become. I realised how much time has been spend thinking about future scenarios that have never come to pass and agonising over past mistakes. Vipassana has shown me how to retain a sense of equanimity and not get caught up in the minds escapades.

The really beautiful part of the practice was how it opened me up to release a plethora of miseries. I was shown my suffering and how it was related to various beliefs I had become attached to. Letting go of these attachments came with a lovely sense of liberation.

According to Vipassana, misery comes about through cravings for pleasant sensations and aversions to unpleasant ones. People become miserable wanting a feeling if it feels good and wanting it gone it makes them uncomfortable. Addiction falls into both categories. People use whatever they need to use to feel good or to stop feeling uncomfortable. Drugs, gambling, sex, food, grog and work can all be used as distractions from uncomfortable feelings like anxiety. The power of feelings are lost once they are seen for what they are, sensations.

Take Care