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December 27, 2017

For the next 10 Days I will be at a Silent Vipassana Meditation Retreat


In this season of my life, a part of my journey is inward. This past August I was accepted to take a 10 day meditation retreat. Unplugged in the middle of the forests of Northern California. I will be taking a vow of silence. No speaking. No reading. No journaling. A very strict discipline of learning this method of meditation.

This retreat will focus on Vipassana, one of India's most ancient meditation techniques. Long lost to humanity, it was rediscovered by Gotama the Buddha more than 2500 years ago. The word Vipassana means seeing things as they really are. It is the process of self- purification by self-observation.

I will be transitioning into the new year here and my goal is to learn more about this technique of meditation. Vipassana meditation aims at the highest spiritual goals of total liberation and full enlightenment.

Wish me luck & I’ll see you all in 10 Days. #happynewyear2018 🌐🔌

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Its been a couple days since returning from the Vipassana meditation retreat & I am at a calm blank with my emotions. It’s a deep silence that stretches from the innards of my soul to the infinite folds in the sky.

I feel alive.

I realized that I exist and I’m just a soul in this human life trying to get by.

It’s pretty deep and the experience was so dope! I dived into something I know nothing about. The practice of Vipassana is nonsectarian meaning it is a universal technique anyone from any religion can learn. The meditation technique is centered on feeling the sensations of your body while simply observing them. It helped me realize that everything in life is ever changing & always evolving.

Our existence is filled with waves of pleasant & unpleasant experiences. Accepting life as moments of impermanence is grounding. It was definitely mentally challenging yet spiritually profound. I left the retreat knowing I wanted to integrate this practice in my daily life.

I also had a strange encounter with the unreality of time & those ten days really felt like a month. Coming back from it all, my days continue to move forward & this unwavering feeling of gratitude for my existence seems to dissipate and I don’t ever want to forget that feeling of appreciation.

Lately my days feel like blurs and the noise of life is slowly filling my mind again. I’ve been in a strange mood adjusting to this reality so don’t mind my hiatus from social media! 
One of the many realizations I’ve made while learning Vipassana is: Quiet down the mental chatter in your mind and you’ll gain a clarity so loud it’ll make you realize what’s important in your life. I feel more grounded in who I am & I am grateful for my life and the people in it.

I am ready for 2018 and the many more pleasant & unpleasant experiences I will encounter.

If you’re curious to dig deeper into your heart, sharpen the focus of your mind while doing some soul searching, please check out @vipassanaorg.

 

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