Vipassana Meditation

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Just returned from a 5-day work period and before that, a month ago, a 3-day sit, at the Ontario Vipassana Centre – an amazing retreat for working on you. The meditation technique was introduced to me by a good friend, Karen King, early last year. And it has literally changed my life – living and eating healthier, more conscious, and not taking everything to the panicked extremes I usually do. Guess that’s all part of life’s process anyway. But Vipassana let’s you see it as it is – as it really is.

Without me getting into the details of the technique, best you check it out for yourself – info and link below. This is not a religion by the way – so all are welcomed. To participate, you must apply online and attend a full 10 day sit. As my friend told me before I did my first sit – “under no circumstances give yourself an excuse to leave.” You sit must the the entire 10 days to reap the benefits.

What’s also amazing is that it’s free. Yes, free. This is part of the mandate, if you do not pay, you live like monks and you have no ego expectations. Still, the management, teachers, participants, accommodations and food are all spectacular. Trust me though, you’ll be so moved, if you make it through, you’ll want help support the centre, via contributions and/or ‘dhamma service’ conscious volunteer work, to keep it going. I recommend Vipassana 1000%. I’ve tried other forms of meditation but this is it – no crystals, oils, music, beads, nothing. Just you, your mind and your body. Amazing!!

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There are centres all over the world. Jump online and find out what location is closest to you. The Ontario Vipassana Centre is in Egbert, just south of Barrie. That’s where I took the pic – on the beautiful grounds.

Please do yourself a massive favour and check it out…

Vipassana, which means to see things as they really are, is one of India’s most ancient techniques of meditation. It was rediscovered by Gotama Buddha more than 2500 years ago and was taught by him as a universal remedy for universal ills, i.e., an Art of Living.

Vipassana is a way of self-transformation through self-observation. It focuses on the deep interconnection between mind and body which can be experienced directly by disciplined attention to the physical sensations that form the life of the body and that continuously interconnect and condition the life of the mind. It is this observation-based self-exploratory journey to the common root of mind and body that dissolves mental impurity resulting in a balanced mind full of love and compassion.

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Click to visit their website for more info.

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