If you’re a die-hard meditator, you know that there are architecturally compelling meditation centers all over the world that honor this timeless practice. While many can be found in the United States, a majority of these meditation safe-havens are found in India.
Kavitha Srinivasa pens this latest Businessworld post on three such centers. Pyramid Valley located in Bangalore, the Vipassana International Academy which can be found in Nashik, and the Santhigiri Ashram located in Thiruvananthapuram. According to Srinivasa, while the majority of these meditation centers operate like a business, their purpose is to provide a space for those people seeking spiritual enlightenment and those just looking for a break from the shackles of life.
Vipassana International Academy, Nashik
The soul-stirring silence highlights Vipassana meditation. “It means ‘to see things as they really are’, and is a logical process of mental purification through self-observation. People observe silence — that is, silence of body, speech and mind,” says Sudhir Pai of Vipassana International Academy.
Participants learn the technique through an intensive, residential 10-day meditation course. During the first three days, you concentrate on breathing. They focus on the natural and ever-changing flow of their own breath as it enters and leaves the nostrils. This increases concentration and turns the mind into a tool of self-analysis. On the fourth day, you learn the practice of Vipassana meditation. Here the attention systematically shifts from head to toe and vice-versa, observing whatever sensations occur in the body — heat, pressure, lightness, pain or even itching.
Read more from Srinivasa on these three magnificent meditation centers here.