Wowza, what a ride! 10 days of no cell phone, no Internet, no writing, no talking not even eye contact, for some people this means no fun, that is so far from the truth. Don’t get me wrong, it can be a very tough process, but the benefits are so gross. I don’t think most people understand how much you can learn about yourself just by meditation, the right kind of meditation. I’m talking about a real tangible experiencing of what it means to be human. I have to admit that I have, until now, never really understood why people meditate. I understood that it makes you more relaxed and all that, but besides that I didn’t have the proper motivation to continue. I finally have a deeper understanding of the gold that resides in meditation. I’m not saying this is the only thing to it, I can imagine that this is just the tip of the iceberg. If you are unfamiliar with vipassana, I suggest you google, there are plenty of videos explaining more practical how this is done, I just wanted to share my insight after my second 10 days retreat.
The first time I did vipassana was in the mountains of Chile close to Santiago. Very new to meditation I felt like most of the day’s was about actually being able to sit still for an hour straight without moving. That’s what they build you up to, so the third day they suggest 3 special sittings that you should do the best you can to sit completely still for the entire hour. This is when the magic usually happens, unless you let your ego take over and suggest that it’s impossible, thats usually the trick of the ego you will have to overcome to reap the rewards. My first experience was when I sat there and felt parts of my body for the n’th time, and having a balance of not wanting anything to be different from what it was, my body started healing. It’s kind of what your body naturally does anyway, when you have got a cur or something, it’s like that but for much bigger things like back realignment. It felt like there was another person pulling strings and muscles back there and nudging them in place.
My second Vipassana was in UK, 2 years later, I almost forgot about my first experience when I started to happen again, but on much larger scale, my body would twitch and twirl to release any blocks just by me observing them. After my time there I had gone through several hours of “spiritual” back therapy, better than any specialist I have ever been to.
Have you ever been to a Vipassana or had an experience with meditation? I would love to hear about it!