What is Vipassana Meditation? A Beginners Guide to Getting Started.
A lot of people have major misconceptions about what meditation is and how it can be practiced in a way that makes you happy. I’m not talking about sitting on the floor with your legs crossed, chanting “Ommm.” I’m talking about Vipassana meditation which has been practiced for thousands of years in the Buddhist tradition.
The word “Vipassana” literally means “to see things as they truly are.” It’s a form of meditation that involves sitting cross-legged, focusing on your breath, and silencing all other distractions – no technology or reading allowed! Read more to learn about how this practice can change your life.
What is Vipassana Meditation
Vipassana is a form of meditation that focuses on the breath and silencing all other distractions. It was first practiced by Siddhartha Gautama, who later became known as Buddha.
Although it’s been thousands of years since he first practiced, it’s still popular today. Some of the main benefits are improved mental well-being and alleviated anxiety from practicing Vipassana. It’s a challenging practice, but that is why so many people choose to do it.
In essence, Vipassana meditation means seeing things as they really are. It teaches you how to make your life go the way you want it to by changing things from within yourself. Many people think that Vipassana is just another form of meditation, but in fact, one can practice 1000 kinds of meditation based on concentration and yet never come close to this real inner purification.
Vipassana is traditionally practiced under the guidance of a teacher, but there are now courses where people can learn Vipassana meditation through a self-guided course. There are courses that last anywhere from 10 days to 60 days in length; however, typically the longer you practice, the more benefits you will get out of it.
The idea is that you should practice Vipassana in a way that makes you happy. You may experience discomfort throughout your body and mind as a result of the meditation, but the goal is to go through and enjoy the discomfort for what is a natural process.
It’s a process that allows you to allow yourself to become more aware and let go of all the negativity in your mind. The practice is not always easy, but it will help you become happier and healthier over time while also being in the now more often.
Because this form of meditation focuses on the breath, many people make note of how much better their breathing has become both before and after the practice.
Why You Should Try Vipassana Meditation
You should try this meditation because it WORKS!! It will help you get the clarity you need in your life. When you are focusing on your breath or abdomen, you are cultivating mindfulness, which will help to focus and see the mind clearly.
You will be able to think more clearly and react more appropriately because of this practice. If you have trouble with anxiety and worry, this exercise can really optimize how much space there is in your brain for other things rather than worrying about what happened five minutes ago, you can focus on what’s happening right now.
You’ll be able to breathe, and you can open your eyes whenever you want. This is a good exercise for people who are stressed out because it will take away those lingering feelings of stress that often come with the end of the day.
This meditation isn’t just great for calming the mind-it can help with physical healing as well. Many people who are struggling with stress or anger issues have a lot of tension in the body.
This meditation can help to release that tension. It will help you feel less stressed and more content after you finish meditating, and it might actually help your physical body as well-your heart rate should slow down, your blood pressure might go down, you’ll feel more relaxed, and you might notice that your body feels less tense. These are all good things if you’re struggling with stress or anger management.
Why is this Meditation is so Powerful...
Vipassana is a meditation technique that involves observing thoughts and emotions, without judging them while doing this and noting the thoughts and emotions that arise, you begin to detach from them. You will begin to see the world around you more clearly, and you will also make significant changes in your behavior.
Noting is a simple process of merely observing what is happening inside yourself without any judgment or evaluation. You just “note” these emotions as they arise within you like clouds passing through the sky. This technique eventually brings perfect awareness and equanimity.
This is where the real magic begins to happen when you can accept things as they are when you stop struggling with life, this is when the truth will begin to take form. The truth of who you really are and why you are here. You will be able to let go of these emotions that hold so much power over your life and you will be able to thrive as a person instead of merely surviving.
Benefits of Vipassana:
– Increases awareness and acceptance of the present moment.
– Improves focus and concentration.
– Reduces stress, anxiety, depression, anger, and other negative emotions.
– Fosters increased self-confidence, self-esteem, and compassion.
– Increases clarity of thought.
– Provides a profound sense of comfort, relaxation, and peace.
Who should try Vipassana? Anyone who is stressed out, overwhelmed, or feeling unhappy with their life can greatly benefit from this practice. It’s a good idea to try it as an introduction to meditation, or for someone who wants to get started with meditation but doesn’t know where to start. (note: I will be releasing a beginners guide e-book soon)
Tips on Getting Started with Vipassana Meditation:
To get started with Vipassana Meditation, you can work with me 1|1 or you can begin to practice on your own, below are some tips to get you started.
– Choose a time when you’ll be able to practice consistently (for example, mornings or evenings)
– Prepare your space. Find a room in your house that can be designated for meditation only, and keep it free of distractions such as TV’s, computers, or phones
– Set a timer for 20 minutes and start! (This helps in the beginning)
– Sit with your legs crossed if possible. Palms one on top of the other in your lap. If you cannot sit with your legs crossed then find a position that you can sit comfortably, don’t create or further physical ailments in this process. how you sit is not as important as you might think.
– Focus on your breath or teach the abdomen, and allow yourself to be. Note the thoughts and emotions as they arise for what they are “Noting” is acknowledging what truly is within and allowing it to be recognized, this is a game-changer as your practice grows. When the thought, emotion, or feeling has passed return to the breath or the rising and falling of the abdomen.
After meditation, refrain from checking your email or social media sites for at least one hour. Give yourself time to reconnect with yourself before starting your day. If You can add this practice twice daily, you will thank me later 🙂
Commit to Change...my invitation:
If you’re looking for a way to create positive change in your life and reconnect with your true nature of being, Vipassana meditation may be an excellent option. You can start by contacting Vishnu Ra if you would like to work with a teacher who specializes in this type of mediation.
The practice is said to provide peace of mind, clarity, and new perspectives on the world around us so that we are better able to live our lives at ease. As always, please feel free to contact me if you have any questions or want more information!