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Wrapping up week 2 back from the Vipassana retreat and 2nd to last week before I go off to Emory!
It's been a great week! My mom and I have been doing evening 1-hour sittings together. I downloaded audios from the website with old student resources. Recorded circa 2000, these audios have a lot of background noise, which I edited out using a program called Audacity. I haven't used it since linguistics courses in college, but ...
... to accept that positive sensations are temporary, so I shouldn't cling onto them.
Then we started Vipassana, basically a body scan, on Day 4, and that "stirred up the pot" violently. Day 4,5,6 were soooo hard. I wanted to run away, seriously, dear god. I really thought I might have serious issues where I'm just not made to deal with this kind of environment. There were moments during meditation where I was filled with so much anger ...
... I should suspend these practices. Umm, this was clearly stated in the guidelines that I signed off at the time of my application and was also in the info email! I told him I had read the guidelines and am looking forward to being open-minded and learning a lot. He said that's great! They just wanted to reiterate in case.
He added that he saw I'm a medical student and said he is too! Cool. Good to ...
... went out to eat at the only 5-star rated restaurant in town.. Called Cart Barn. Yeah... It looked like a barn with a dirt parking lot... The inside wasn't much better lol, but the food was good! Burgers, sandwiches, and meat dishes! Wow! People were lined around the entrance waiting for seats! Country life is so interesting, a totally different world, ...
... pace of life. Next week, my mom and I are heading up to Virginia for the 10-day meditation retreat. I came across some stories about people up and leaving like 5 days in... I'm kind of scared. Ten days doesn't seem like a lot, but at the same time, it really is! Especially without any contact with the outside world...! We will see. Until then, I'm throughout enjoying doing the very basic minimum with my life. It's ...