Vipasana

There are many paths to your goal. It is only trial and error but more importantly walking on the path that gives you an understanding of what works for you. So it is with meditation. If you are as fascinated with the Buddhist school of thought as I am, it will eventually lead you to Vipassana and Samatha, two methods of meditating.

Vipassana, loosely translated as insight is a form of meditation that helps you form a clear awareness of what is happening in the moment. Spiritual masters talk of a reality as you experience it and THE reality. The reality is an understanding of the Universe and how it works. In order to experience this, you need to peel your existing layers of awareness. It takes time and effort but eventually you can see reality for what it really is. To do this, the practitioner carefully examines his or her own existence and life experiences. This experience of awareness cannot really be taught and can only be experienced through practice. Teachers of Vipassana describe the process as focusing your mind on your breadth. The focus is important as it is through this focus that you are able to tame what Buddhism calls the monkey mind. Breadth has been chosen as it is the one constant in every living being.

In Vipassana, you gradually learn to experience perceive and discover four aspects that make you who you are. First you focus on your body and learn to experience each part of your physical being. Next you focus on your feelings from the past, present and future. Third you focus on your thoughts or your mind. Finally you are able to focus on the objects that make up your mind.

Vipassana is best learnt through a teacher. The courses can range from 10 to 60 days depending on who your teacher is. Those who have embarked on this journey say they came back transformed.