A glimpse at the philosophy of Vipassana meditation and its benedictions over mind and body:
This is an age old deep rooted mental journey amid a placid ambience that originated in India. Myth goes that it was reawakened by Gautama Buddha, the enlightened one way back 2500 years ago. It is an in-depth concentration that establishes a firm connection between the mind and body. A single-minded focus in this area can eliminate all mental blemishes, the source of different kinds of ailments.
It can be performed sitting cross legged. You may choose a chair to sit and perform the meditation as well. Look for a quiet and tranquil place with a lot of air circulation. Clothing should be light and loose but not that loose so that it comes off. It is not necessary that you need to close your eyes. Put your hands on the lap one over the other. Your concentration must be pinpointed on your torso. As you slowly breathe in, your abdomen expands. Slowly breathe out and your abdomen will contract. Just feel the sinusoidal movement in the abdominal region.
During meditation, your mind travels on a sojourn reflecting into the past, exploring into the present and taking a vision into the future. Serenity will be overwhelming. It will cleanse both your mind and body. Any bit of discomforting feeling would be banished during the session.
For a moment, shift your focus from abdomen and concentrate on matters having a substantial bearing on your mind.
Benefits of vipassana meditation:
– It elevates your senses and takes you to the next level of consciousness:
It enhances your physical sensation which includes the intensity of your response to the rise and fall in temperature and emotions. Once your senses turn hyperactive, you will attain a higher level of consciousness. It is now when the body starts auto healing.
– It calms your mind:
Meditation activates your mind and may rake in discomforting feelings and your mind might turn a little edgy. Nevertheless, it brings in tranquility as well if you sit for a session on a regular basis.
– It purifies your mind:
Mind is the nucleus of your energy bank. It has a huge potential to speed up healing. It may work in the other direction too leading to destruction of your health and welcome ailments or aggravate diseases that have already invaded you. Vipassana meditation brings back serenity by purification of your mind. A pure mind sets up a powerful barrier to illness. A pure mind is a strong mind having a full grip over negative emotions like panic, fury, tension and stress.
– Your mind gains wisdom:
Vipassanabrings in relaxation to your muscles and your mind travels along a free route to destinations you aren’t conscious of. It sets you up on an elevated plain of thought. You are on a way to hit self-actualization. You get to know yourself further and better. The horizon of your thought process widens and even crosses small selfish limits. Even your enemies look more rational in their acts. Now you start appreciating their view points and look at the world from their angle. They look more agreeable to you.
– Channelize your thought process in a transcending route:
Through Vipassana meditation, you achieve enlightenment. You can explore yourself as if through a crystal revealing all those ugly traits like ego, selfishness, anger and jealousy. It leads to a positively oriented transformative thinking. The eternal philosophy lies in the fact if you can mind your own business and have a thorough grip over yourself half of your problems look smaller and that is the essence of vipassana.
Try full ten days of your meditation session and see the miraculous results. These ten days you’re not allowed to talk to anyone. You communicate with yourself all alone. The ambiance is calm and mental distractions are totally absent. You will be surprised at the gain of wisdom after ten days.
Selection of a vipassana retreat:
A good retreat has following features greatly beneficial to you:
– You can concentrate. There is not an element of distraction to interfere with your thought process.
– Here you will find a tranquil and meditation-friendly ambience like a tent, private room or a dormitory set amid nature.
– Your needs are well taken care of. The food is fresh, healthy and preferably vegetarian.
– The instructors are learned and they guide you efficiently.
– Emphasis is on practice. Preaching is kept at minimum.
– No one interferes with your religious beliefs.
– There is always freedom to quit any moment.
Vipassana, the 2500 year old tradition of meditation or gaining deeper insight is highly beneficial in maintaining total wellness amidst the hectic lifestyle.