The Art of Living

Trip Start Apr 05, 2010
Trip End Ongoing

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Dhamma Dhara

Flag of United States  , Massachusetts
Tuesday, May 11, 2010

About 2 years ago, I was at the weekly CouchSurfing meetup in New York, and I don't remember how or why, but a guy started talking to me about a 10-days meditation course he once did in India. (THANK YOU Pavin!!) 
For 2 hours I listened to his inspiring story, and I cannot remember any other time in my life that I was so fascinated,  I FELT this is what I want to do, this is what I have to do, in every cell of my body.
So since then it was in the back of my mind... And what he told me in these 2 hours, I don't even remember anymore at all, I only remember that I sincerely promised myself to do this one day.
And now I can say, that day has come, and passed.

For 10 days, I went to the Vipassana meditation center, April 28th to May 9th. All I knew before I went is that it is not tied to any religion, and that I wouldn't be able to speak for 10 days. And would meditate a whole whole lot. OF course I questened myself many times, WHY exactelly I am doing this. But I did it. And I am so happy that I did.
In these few days, I have discovered and experienced a lot about my own mind and body. It is a way to get to know yourself, take more control of your reactions and feelings, truly amazing and advisable to everyone. (But you have to do all the 10 days!)
The first 3 days are pretty tough, but then it gets better. The great thing is that you don't need to follow any philosophy blindly, they really want you to experience what they are teaching, no blind following of anything.
It is amazing that something like this can exist. Totally donation-based. So I went there, and the bed, the house, the property, the food that I received, was all given to me by previous people that did this course. Only after the 10 days you are allowed to give a donation if you want, to give others this same opportunity. How pure!

Some of the things I learned:
- doing laundry by hand might just secretly be the funnest activity on earth.
- I can not talk for 9 days straight (last day we could), and actually, it wasn't hard at all. The not laughing was very hard though. I missed jumping around and being cheery, so secretly tried to do it whenever nobod would be watching :)
- I can feel my breath passing between my nose and upper lip.
- I can sit perfectly still cross-legged for 1 hour straight.
- I can master my own mind. But it takes a huge pile of commitment. Totally worth it.

The really big new discoveries I will keep to myself for now, you should go yourself and experience ;)

This was a boot-camp in learning to let go. In feeling your body. In being. In understanding one's mind and observing oneself.
If you want to know more, mail me, or this is their website:

Lots of metta for everyone
Marie-Line, who is back in New York now!
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Ingrid on

I already had wondered what could have happened... über alle Gipfeln gibt's ruh... so quiet... but now the mystery is solved.

Ingrid on

Sorry... vergeten! Heel veel groetjes Marie-Line!

ellen on

nu ben ik echt benieuwd, ik ga dat dus ook doen hé. Je ervaring heeft me overtuigd! Hoewel het moment zich nog zal moeten voordoen met die dikke buik nu :-).

Lauren on

I hope I get to talk with you before you leave New York. I'm so happy you had a positive experience!

I'm curious about it too, especially since you were able to do it and recommend it : )

Letting go... so tough. I feel it's what I need in my life right now. I stress out easily with things beyond my control. How nice it would be to be able to have more control, though easier said than done, I'm sure!

Happy you're living your life. Doing. Experiencing, taking it all in.

Pavin on

I am so so so so HAPPY for you. Thank you for doing the course. WIth Metta.

PS. Tried to call you couple of times when I saw this.. - Indians are not very good in talking to machines ;)

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