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More peace with Vipassana meditation
PostedOctober 28, 2015, in  Step 8: sustainable society
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Restless, irritated or plainly sad: everyone has had to deal with negative emotions at some time. That has a direct effect on both the mind and the subconscious. With strong emotions the effect is also clearly evident in the surroundings, for example, if you notice a 'negative atmosphere' somewhere. Everyone is looking for peace and harmony, but for many it remains a quest. Vipassana meditation offers an answer.

Disruptions

Vipassana is an old Indian meditation technique. It means 'seeing things as they really are'. The principle of Vipassana is that man is a social animal that strives to live in peace, both with himself and his surroundings. But in everyday life things continuously happen to disrupt that peace: your bicycle has a puncture, the printer isn't working right and a customer casually strolls in too late. These are just some of the many disruptions we are exposed to every day. With Vipassana you can arm yourself against negative experiences. The result: more peace and relaxation. 

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Conscious and subconscious

Body and mind cannot function without each other, they always influence each other. The mind consists of both conscious and subconscious thoughts. Particularly the latter are tricky, because the subconscious is continuously reacting to stimuli from its surroundings. And if those stimuli are negative, that undoubtedly has an effect on how you feel. By mastering Vipassana, that effect is neutralized. And it is precisely because of that power that Vipassana is now being applied successfully in schools and even prisons.

Self-observation

Vipassana is about breathing and awareness. If there is a 'flawed' or negative stimulus, the body reacts by adapting the breathing. Those trained in Vipassana, are able to register that. And once you have noticed it, you can do something about it. Through self-observation you can consciously experience feelings: what do I see, hear, smell, taste and feel? What is really happening? By the way, observing is not the same as reacting: flaws are simply allowed to be… and for precisely that reason, they will disappear.  

Free course

Vipassana is based on Buddhism but it is not a religion. In line with Buddha, it is about the Art of Living. Feeling good about yourself, at peace, without stress or other negative emotions. In principle, everyone can achieve that, but it won't happen automatically. That's why courses are given all over the world. In 10 days, participants become familiar with this extraordinary meditation technique. And cost is not an issue, because the Dhamma introduction course is completely free. The centers are run on the basis of voluntary donations, often from enthusiastic old students. Are you curious? Discover Vipassana and take the first step towards inner peace.

 

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PostedOctober 28, 2015, in Step 8: sustainable society
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