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10 Days of Silence – Vipassana Meditation/ Australia / Brazil

Oct 01 2015

A gilr meditation on the beach 

One of India’s most ancient techniques, ¬†meditation, was rediscovered by Gotama Buddha more then 2500 ago.

VIPASSANA means “to see things as they really are”. It is a non-sectarian technique that can help us to become conscious of, and familiar with, our inner life. Regular practice can affect deeply our character.

I arrived, in Dhamma Rasmi Vipassana Meditation Centre in Queensland/ Australia, very curious but also quite nervous of how the next days would unfold. I was happy to know there were 70 other like me. The programme seemed quite tough, but only at first- walking up at 4:30am to meditate till 9pm, with few breaks in between. The guidance and learning I received where excellent and being silent did not bother me at all. However what took me by surprise was my own mind. It’s constant chatter gave me a real headache! There were other challenges too, aching back and some emotional turmoil.

Although I considered leaving at some point, I stayed and kept learning and practising. My efforts were reworded, pain and discomfort diminished. My mind became quieter and I felt more relaxed, there was a sense of slowing down, inside me and around. I started to enjoy it and when the retreat was coming to an end I felt quite peaceful and though if only I could always feel that way my life would be bliss. Unfortunately the intensity of this experience wore off quite quickly but my daily practice helps me to remember what is possible.

To find out more about the Vipassana Meditation and the centres, go to www.dhamma.org

I wholeheartedly recommend watching “Dhamma Brothers” and “Doing life doing Vipassana”, and reading
“The Art of Living” by S.N Goenka and William Hart. All are truly inspiring.