Introduction To Vipassana
What is Vipassana?
Vipassana is a form of meditation that allows you to be fully aware of and be able to see things and experiences the way they’re intended to be seen. It’s to view them in no other way than what they really are. Exactly the way they are at that very moment you see them.
With its translation meaning “insight”, it is delving into reality without impurities of subjectivity, judgment and negativity. Vipassana was originally founded in India and was later studied and restored by the Enlightened One, Gautama Buddha Himself. Similarly, according to some, scholars and experts believe that this is the very form of meditation he was practicing when he received Enlightenment under the tree.
History Of Vipassana
A very ancient form and technique of meditation, it is said that Vipassana has its heritage from India and was later rediscover by Buddha, who is thought of today as its originator. Its purpose is to let those who practice it achieve true happiness and true connection within themselves and reality, allowing us to be uncontrolled by all negativity.
Later on, decades and even centuries pass and Vipassana has since then been accepted and taught in Myanmar by Sayagyi U Ba Khin. Vipassana became known as Burmese Vipassana. Furthermore, it was reintroduced to its homeland, India, and was headed by S.N. Goenka, as instructed by U Ba Khin. Goenka wanted this unique and life-changing practice to reach the entire globe.
Rightly so, it is available today to all who wish to benefit from it.
Why Learn Vipassana
Further, in a world where we believe (or have been lead to believe) that reality consists of our everyday laboring and getting on the grind to be paid a certain amount of salary, being on the run for things that we need and want, worrying about how to do things in the office and at home, traffic jam, botched business partnerships, vanity, impatience, we could go on and on. However, let’s stop here.
Again, we have been conditioned to always to think and live in. Yet, just because it’s what is thought of as the norm doesn’t mean it’s good for us. What our thoughts, emotions and responses should navigate around is absolute reality, not the reality that we’ve created because of our hectic schedules, our worries, our negativities. Consequently, absolute and true reality is what we’re aiming for with this technique.
Simple And Easy To Follow
Similarly, don’t complicate it or think that it’s something achievable only those who are masters of Yoga, or something to that extent. You and I, and everyone else, have the capability to wield it on our own and benefit from it day to day.
No Rocket Science Instructions
Just like any other type of meditation, bring it back to the practical beginning. Find a quiet sitting spot and prop your upright in a convenient position. In addition to this, because Vipassana is all about focus, focus your thoughts and your attention only to the rise and fall of your breathing. Just that. Nothing else. Breathe in. Breathe out. No other thoughts.
Of course, the unfortunate truth is that we are beings who get easily distracted. Once in a while, we will be lingering on some random memory or thought that might not even have anything to do with the present. That’s fine. Label it, throw it out the invisible window of your mind, and then go back to focusing on your in and out breathing.
However, don’t forget the key word: focus. And because you are training your whole being to be centered on one thing and one thing alone, be centered on your breathing and let everything else go. It’s not that thinking about important tasks is bad for you. What Vipassana will teach you is how to be positively focused and attentive towards every single thing we go through every day, without the stress and worry.
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