The Art of Living
Trip Start Apr 05, 2010
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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: http://www.dhamma.org/
Lots of metta for everyone
Marie-Line, who is back in New York now!