I came back from another 10 days of Vipassana meditation retreat. It was my 6th retreat over past 6 years and managed to do one in every 12-15 months interval. I am fortunate to have a family who allows me to go and do such retreats. This time I went to centre in Victoria (Dhamma Aloka) which is 1hr drive from my home.
It does not matter how many times you have done it, every time it is a challenge for you. Keep your mind calm & quite itself is a big ask. Staying away from your daily work and stay in complete silence help you to achieve higher awareness and concentration of your mind on breath and bodily sensation. Then to observe bodily sensation without reacting with “craving” or “aversion”. It sounds simple, but when you try to put into practice, you realize how difficult it is. This is the way to change your habit pattern of mind, which reacting blindly with “craving” or “aversion” that make your moments miserable and bring more misery to you again and again…
This practice is one of the most important part of my life nowadays. I have changed a lot during past 6 years and all in the positive direction.
I highly encouraged everyone of you who read this post to give it a try. If you not try it in this life, I think you will loose a big opportunity to learn such a powerful technique to help you with your daily life to keep your mind balanced and face situations without creating more misery to you and others.
A center may be near to you than you think, pls check it out using this link . (Note: These courses are in high demand always, therefore you have to register on the day application opening and may have to plan 3-6 months ahead)
I would like to do another 10-day dhamma service (most probably in Sri Lanka, if I get a chance to visit late 2021 or early 2022) and go for next 10-day retreat in US center June 2022 (if we can travel freely again and Ciscolive is go ahead in that time frame). Stay in touch and we may able to connect each other during one of these sessions.