Vipassana meditation, ever heard of it? The Vipassana is known to be the oldest Buddhist meditation practice originating more than 2500 years ago as a universal remedy to develop awareness and equanimity. Vipassana also has laudatory references in the sacred texts Rig Veda. Its attributes are directly linked to Lord Buddha. The term ‘Vipassana’ in Pali translates to insight. Hence, a Vipassana meditation is also known as Insight Meditation, to see things as they really are and not just as they appear to be. Many people around the world highly acclaim Vipassana as a form of meditation for healing all aspects of a human being - mental, emotional, physical and spiritual. Buddhist monks and practitioners swear by its power of absolute inner transformation.
Vipassana meditation is the journey of self-awareness. Vipassana meditation technique provides a deep calm to the body and mind, a state of tranquility that must be experienced to be understood. The mind is brought to a resting state, focused only on one thing and not allowed to wander. It’s all about cultivating insight. The meditator focuses his mind on an item and removes all other thoughts and perceptions from his consciousness. It gradually increases your awareness. And, the experience of inner peace within leads to non-delusion, greater clarity of thought and self-control.
Vipassana is an excellent practice to help you ground yourself in your body and understand how your mind works.
The technique of Vipassana meditation can be called scientific as it explores the laws of nature within the framework of one’s own mind and body. The method of self-observation that results in total purification of the mind and its full liberation. It is found effective in reducing stress and increasing the productivity of an individual.
As with most meditation techniques, Vipassana meditation should be practiced properly. Guidance from an expert practitioner would be good. However, if you are new to meditation then Vipassana is probably one of the easiest meditation techniques to get started with. With this technique, we seek a deep, clear and precise awareness of the body. Below are the Vipassana steps to follow:
Anyone can benefit from practicing Vipassana meditation. Below are some of the many health benefits of Vipassana: