Vipassana means “seeing things as they really are”. It is a logical process of mental purification through introspection or self-observation. It is a self-exploratory journey in which you focus on your inner self in a non-judgmental way.
What is Vipassana Meditation?
Vipassana meditation is also known as insight meditation. Vipassana or insight meditation is a clear awareness of what is actually happening. Vipassana is one of the oldest meditation techniques in India. It was rediscovered 2500 years ago by Gautam Buddha.
Vipassana is a method of self-transformation through introspection. It focuses on the deep interrelationship between mind and body, which can be experienced directly through disciplined meditation on the bodily sensations that constitute the life of the body, and which continually connect and condition the life of the mind. It is an observation-based, self-discovery journey to the common root of mind and body that dissolves mental impurity, resulting in a balanced mind full of love and compassion.
The Goal of Vipassana Meditation: There are a lot of meditation techniques but in vipassana meditation, you simply observe your inner self instead of consciously controlling the experience. The goal of vipassana meditation is to quiet your mind. It helps in focusing on the present and worrying less about the future.
Vipassana Meditation Benefits
Like other forms of meditation, Vipassana meditation is beneficial for every level – Body, Mind, and Soul.
Relieves Stress & Reduces Anxiety: Vipassana helps to reduce anxiety and relieve stress. According to the study, Vipassana participants also experienced an increase in mindfulness.
Improves Mental Wellness: The stress-relieving effects of Vipassana meditation can improve your mental wellness. You feel light because vipassana purifies your mind and removes negativity from your mind.
Improve Memory: It improves memory, allows one to remember things well, not to forget or confuse things that one has done for memory.
Enlightenment: By regular practice of Vipassana meditation one can attain enlightenment. Vipassana is the secret of the enlightenment of Lord Buddha.
Achieve Higher Consciousness: Through Vipassana, you can achieve higher consciousness. Higher consciousness is the consciousness that is attained by great sages, priests, and various Gods of different religions.
Reveals the Truth: It brings the individual, both theoretical and practical, to understand the truth on a deeper level, for example understanding the mind and soul. It reveals the truth of the universe and its creation.
How to do Vipassana Meditation
Vipassana meditation technique is a simple and practical way to achieve true peace of mind and lead a happy, productive life. It includes deep breathing, concentration on breathing, observing the inner and outer world, and visualization.
Deep Breathing: First you need to do sit in a quiet place and close your eyes. Observe your breath and then take a deep breath. Inhale deeply, hold and then exhale.
Concentration on Breathing: During deep breathing concentrate on your breath and be mindful of each inhale and exhale.
Observation: Observe your inner and outer world as they really are. Observing the Inner world observe your thoughts, feelings, and sensations without reacting or judgmental. During observing the outer world observe things around you. Like you are sitting in the park, observe trees around you, birds, flowers, and many more things. After practicing it few days you will start getting answers and know what is the importance of observation.
Visualization: There may be a limit in the outside world but there is no limit in your inside world. You can visit any place in your visualization, you can meet with any celebrity, can eat any food, or can do any activity in your Visualization. Visualize anything you want and go on a self-exploratory journey.
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