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On the August 23rd I am attending a ten day resendential retreat at the Vipassana Meditation Centre in Herefordshire.

By Admin, Aug 21 2017 04:24AM

Vipassana meditation is a 'universal remedy for universal ills'. This conclusion might seem like a tall order but it is none the less an inspiring quote. Vipassana means seeing things as they really are and the meditation is a 'process of self purification by self observation'. This ancient form of meditation importantly has no links to any organized religion or sectarianism and welcomes all. Indeed the technique is meant to work precisely because all human beings share the same underlying problems. These are some quotes I have taken from the website that make me think it will be an insightful and worthwhile experience. The outcomes are gained by introspection - through the concentration of the mind, which leads to insight.

' It is a method of mental purification which allows one to face life's problems in a calm and balanced way'.

'The meditation releases the tensions developed in everyday life, opening the knots tied by the old habit of reacting in an unbalanced way to pleasant and unpleasant situations'.

'It is an art of living that one can use to make positive contributions to society'.

I don't envisage the ten days being easy. Silence is observed throughout and we meditate for ten hours a day. I am used to meditating but this is a serious endevour! I understand this is not for everyone but after considering taking part for the last two years, I have made the commitment. I will write about my observations in my next blog.

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