For some, sitting still while in a state of inward contemplation for anything more than 30-minutes is pure torture, while for others, this type of meditation practice presents an opportunity to reconnect to that free flowing channel of raw information that people use to bring consciousness to their lives.
The question is, how long can you stand to meditate? Have you ever pushed yourself more than an hour or two? What about 10 days!?
Jen Hanover reports on her 10-day Vipassana meditation experience in this latest Surrey Now post. According to Hanover, it’s the most challenging work she’s ever done. That said, it doesn’t come without its benefits.
In short, the purpose of practising the Vipassana meditation technique is to learn to be unconditionally happy, and to observe reality as it is, not as we want it to be. It sounded kind of fruity at first, but one day into my first course in 2005, I realized there’s nothing fruity about living like a monk for 10 days straight.
This is my fifth course, and the 10 days are without a doubt the hardest work I’ve ever done in my life. By continuously observing without reacting, you can slowly train your brain to instinctively respond in a more positive and realistic way, which to me is worth the work.
For the sake of unconditional happiness, the benefits far outweigh the costs, which by the way (monetarily speaking) are solely based on participant’s donations.
Read more from Hanover and her Vipassana meditation retreat experience here.