I did a meditation retreat at the end of January that was a total game changer for me. In fact, it was the most powerful thing I’ve ever done in my entire life…
The retreat is called “Vipassana” and they have centers all over the world. They’re also run by donation, so you can go no matter what your budget is.
What I love about this particular type of meditation is that you focus on the sensations in your body, and practice equanimity (being neutral) with whatever arises.
I share more in the video about why this is important, but essentially the sensations we feel are at the root of all of our experiences in life…
If we feel happy, it feels like something in the body. If we feel angry, that also feels like something in the body. Everything we’re really after in life, at it’s essence, is a particular type of sensation we want to feel.
And what many of us tend to do is push away the sensations we don’t want to feel and crave ones that we think are going to fulfill us. So we end up reacting to our sensations by either avoiding or craving, and not fully being present to what’s there.
Our sensations, just like everything in life, are always changing. One minute we may feel light and happy, and the next minute, we may feel disturbed and upset.
Always resisting and seeking sensations is a game we’ll never win… because even when we finally get the feeling we’ve been after, it won’t last… Everything is always changing. And ultimately, it doesn’t lead to happiness. It just ends up making us miserable and adding to our suffering.
When we’re reacting to our sensations, we’re in a constant push-pull, and we’re not allowing our energy to flow and move. We may think that if we avoid something we don’t want to feel, it goes away… but the exact opposite is true.
If we don’t allow ourselves to fully feel, we can build up unresolved energies and patterns in our bodies that continue to repeat themselves and cause more and more suffering… and eventually even disease.
But all we really need to do is simply practice feeling our sensations without reaction, and it’ll allow all of our life experiences to flow through us. We’ll no longer be at the mercy of what happens… We can reclaim our power, and choose to respond to life differently.
The Vipassana retreats are an opportunity to really free ourselves at this root level. It’s 10 hours of meditation everyday for 10 days. I know that probably sounds like a lot, and it definitely is! I will admit, it was very challenging for me… But it was truly the best gift I could have ever given myself.
In being with myself and my sensations for that much time, so many old patterns, pains, emotions, and energies had a chance to come to the surface. I was able to sit with the ones that were painful, and the pain turned into openings of immense love and gratitude… deeper than I’d ever felt before.
Because of this retreat (and because of the daily meditations that I now do), I feel so much more connected to my body, my mind and my intuition are so sharp, I’m less reactive to the things that used to bother me, I love myself more than ever before, I have incredible clarity, my self awareness has deepened immensely, and overall I just feel more free, happy, and at peace.
Turns out, what I was really looking for was inside me all along
Again, the retreats are by donation, they offer them all over the world, and it’s a technique that anyone, from any religion, belief system, or walk of life can benefit from.
Here’s the link to check out it out…
If you’re committed to your own personal growth and freedom, I can’t recommend this retreat enough. You’ll get a real, experiential understanding and awareness of yourself that you just won’t find in any book or course.
Please let me know if you decide to make the leap!