You feel attracted to Meditation, but you do not know where to start? You already heard about this spiritual practice, which focuses on the ability of the person to free his mind from thoughts?
You may also have heard that it is possible to reach extremely deep states of consciousness, that enable you to enter profound trance states? Would you like to reach something called meditative trance?
The Vipassana Meditation is a powerful technique that helps the subject acquire a strong mind-body connection. This primordial bond represents the basics of any enlightenment mission.
However, if you are here reading this article, it is because most probably you do not have clear clues on how to proceed in this manner. But do not worry about it… I am here to help you, and I would like to introduce you to this topic by starting from one of my favorite Meditation Techniques: The Vipassana Meditation.
Vipassana Meditation: The Buddha Full Body Meditation Technique
The reason why I decided to start my web adventure with Vipassana Meditation is that this is a field which I have had a very good firsthand experience. I had the opportunity to experience, and improve, this amazing technique when I went to Kathmandu, Nepal.
There are different Vipassana Meditation Centers in the world, but I decided to learn it in a Buddhist temple since I personally felt the benefits of Vipassana Meditation I could get in Nepal, would have been stronger because this practice comes from the Buddhist ancient knowledge.
We are WAY more than just our physical body. We are an incredibly complex but perfectly designed being that is made of different energetic systems, that range from the material one (the physical body) to all the interior energetic systems.
Here is an example of our ‘not-only-physical’ body, where the aura energetic system is shown. As you can see, different energetic fields are present. If demanded, I will create an article about the different energetic fields of our aura, how they work and how to interact with them.
The comprehension of this basic but fundamental fact enables us not only to fully understand ourselves but also to improve our health, and to find ways to heal ourselves and others.
The Vipassana Meditation is a technique that helps you understand and discover several aspects of your body. Unfortunately, this technique might not be enough to deepen the comprehension of our human body and of the reality we live in. At least, it opens our minds and significantly enhances our mind-body connection.
On this website, you will find several articles about the different energetic systems of the body, how they work and how to heal yourself and others through them.
How the Vipassana Meditation Works
Over the course of the Vipassana Meditation lessons, teachers explain how we are a living and constant exchange of molecules, that interact with each other. In the end, this interchanging process between atoms occurs throughout our entire life, but we were never taught how to feel and understand it with our own body.
The meditator has to focus on any sensation that may arise, including:
- a sensation of heat
- a sensation of itchiness
- micro-movements on your skin
- inner energies
- any kind of physical/energetic reaction that you can possibly feel
The deep concentration and state of mind that the meditator needs to get into, in order to feel the physical body as intensively as possible, is a condition that is achieved not only from the Vipassana Meditation itself but also from several other external conditions, that strongly influence the performances of the meditator.
Not only the fundamental knowledge acquired each night before going to sleep, but also the diet and sleep routines that they teach you over the course, are fundamental factors that enable you to enter into deep meditative states.
For example, without an adequate diet, you are not able to have all the energies you would need for proper meditation. Eating heavy food such as meat, fish, sweets, fried food, processed food or any other heavy food, strongly influences your body energy, thus your meditation performances.
If a lot of energy is used for the digestion it is extremely difficult, especially for beginners, to be able to perform an effective meditation, as there would be a lower amount of energy available for the meditation practice, which would usually mean a lack of proper results.
Another factor that strongly influences the performance of the meditator is the environment. Given the fact that it is not possible to have smartphones, or any other electronic device when you do the Vipassana Meditation course, it is strongly recommended avoiding being surrounded by them.
Over the course, it is not even possible to have anything that can be read, like books, journals, diaries, documents or any kind of written paper.
Finally, it is a very strict meditation environment where you are not allowed to speak to anyone, not even to look into anybody’s eyes! Silence is the #1 rule for the deep meditators who decide to join the Vipassana Meditation.
Obviously, having the possibility to have a 10 days full immersion meditation practice in a calm and relaxed environment, eating the right kind of food, sleeping the right amount of time and in the right time slots of the day, without any form of distraction or stress, is the best environment you can ever have to achieve maximum results in a very short time.
If you cannot afford to have 10 free days for an intensive meditation course, then you can start the practice by yourself in a quiet and relaxed place where you can feel comfortable and, especially, where you know that no one will interrupt you during your meditation practices.
Vipassana Meditation Procedure
The Vipassana Meditation is a meditation technique where the meditator has to focus its attention on increasingly narrower areas of the body.
The meditation training starts with the analysis of the different parts of the body: a full body scan undergoes, from head to feet, where entire areas of the body are analyzed one by one.
The first step is a long and deep analysis of the head, where you are meant to concentrate on any little and subtle sensation that you feel coming from the head. When I say sensation, I mean any kind of physical feeling.
Then the meditator has to narrow the scanned area into a smaller one. The process continues as per below (into smaller and smaller areas) once enough practice and perception have been achieved:
- from the head, we move to the face
- from the face, we move to the triangular area that goes from the top of the nose to the extremes of the mouth
- from the just mention area, we move to the little triangular area between the base of the nose and the extremes of the mouth
- from this triangular area, we move to the nostrils
Once the meditator has reached a significant body-scan ability, it is then possible to perform a full-body Vipassana Meditation, which consists in progressing the body scan to all the other parts of the body, from arms to shoulders, hands, belly, back, legs, and feet.
Which Results Can be Achieved with Vipassana Meditation?
The highest result ever achieved was from Buddha: out of all the amazing information I gained during the experience in Nepal, there was one that shocked me the most.
The monks explained to me that, according to ancient knowledge, The Buddha could understand (by feeling it) how many times an electron moves around the nucleus of its own atom (0.00000000000000002 seconds, if I am not wrong).
This is because The Buddha’s ability to deepen into the Vipassana Meditation state was so strong, and laser-focused, that he could feel every single reaction inside his body.
He could also go into deeper states of mind, difficult for us to comprehend by logic, and very difficult to explain by words, as there are concepts and feelings that can only be understood if lived in the first person.
I am talking about things like “The Realm Of Peacefulness”, or the “Non-Duality” reality, a dimension where the duality does not exist. Remember: what is inside, is outside, and vice-versa.
The same astonishing electron-wise findings were then discovered by recent researches. They confirmed that the actual speed of electrons is exactly 0.00000000000000002 seconds (researches being done in Lund, Stockholm, and Gothenburg in Sweden).
When I went to the course, I remember there were some students who could, by the end of the course, feel their inner energies very clearly: they could feel energy moving within their body, and I think they were referring to the meridians (but I am not sure, as there are several energetic systems in our body).
Vipassana for life: MindBody!
The Vipassana Meditation is just one of the several fields of knowledge that we can deepen, in order to acquire experience and consciousness, to live a more fulfilling life.
Since the goal of this website is to provide key solutions to make people’s lives happy and satisfying, I felt sharing my Vipassana Meditation experience would have given benefits to the readers, as it gives interesting insights that can be used as starting points to improve both life and the meditation experience.
I am going to take another course of Vipassana Meditation in the coming months, as I feel this will further help myself with my mind training, and also deepens my Vipassana Meditation knowledge.
A full immersion meditation course strongly enhances your concentration skills by increasing the time you are able to maintain laser-focus attention.
Given the importance of life to be able to maintain a perfectly focused mind for an extended period of time, I am sure this kind of meditation can benefit us all.
In our every-day life, tasks such as working or studying will definitely benefit from the meditation practice. Not only this: meditation also provides high levels of inner peace, calmness, and especially significantly helps fight problems such as Migraine, Headache, Anxiety, Depression, and several other mental disorders.
This is why I strongly recommend meditation practices for everyone!
If you start your day with a nice meditation, you not only calm yourself to the best of your ability for the rest of the day, but you also enhance your neural connections.
A more relaxed and efficient version of yourself makes you a better person at home, at work, with friends, with your partner; basically, everything you do in life will be of a higher quality because meditation helps you bring out the best version of yourself.
It is taken for granted that a better version of yourself significantly benefits yourself and the people around you!!!
The Vipassana Movement is an organization with no monetary goals. They offer free courses, and also provide free resources online, for you to deepen your knowledge on this fascinating subject.
I found an interesting ebook, which deeply explains the essence of the technique, and that can be your map for your inner journey, called ““, written by Sayadaw U Jotika.
In this book, several lectures/instructions are taught over a meditation retreat.
I would like to finish with one of the quotes I most like:
So, if you are too tired to speak, sit next to me because I, too, am fluent in silence.
Just like the Nepalese would say: Namaste my friend!! 🙂
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