As each day passed and we sat to begin our next of many daily meditations, the message was always the same.
Vipassana master and teacher, S.N. Goenka, would speak to us from beyond the grave, urging us to let go of what has come and gone, and to start again in the present moment—accepting reality as it is and not as we would wish it to be.
Everything is changing at every moment, and my experience with Vipassana allowed me to feel deeply into my body and observe the sensations, thoughts and feelings that arose in a neutral space, free of craving or aversion (which ultimately lead to misery).
When we stop spreading seeds of misery, we can begin to grow love, compassion, and healing vibrations within and all around us.
With this practice, we can retrain our nervous systems to accept the present moment exactly as it shows up, empowering us to make positive changes, not from a place of resistance or negativity, but openness and allowing.
Attending the California Vipassana Center’s 10 day silent meditation retreat was one of the hardest, yet most enlightening and rewarding experiences of my life.
The vow of noble silence allowed me to witness and release thoughts, feelings, and memories that bubbled up from the distant past, so that I could “start again” in each moment, present to all that is coming to be and passing away.
This meditation is the same one that the Buddha taught and used to reach enlightenment. Paired with Qigong’s emotional components, this practice can help to break the habit patterns of the mind so that even deeper release can occur, freeing us from reactivity and the hold of repetitive cycles of thought.
For an in-depth look into my experience, click on the link to see the full video, and let us know if you have any questions!
Since my return, Chris and I have continue our daily Vipassana practice so that we may continue to be of service in bringing greater joy, fulfillment, vitality and liberation to the lives of all beings.
Love and Qi
-Parisa (and Chris)