Learn the Unique Benefits That Vipassana Meditation Has to Offer

This is a guest post written by author Dylan Leek:

Vipassana meditation has been practiced for at least 2,500 years and is no less beneficial today. A unique characteristic of Vipassana is its reliance solely on body sensation as a focal point, nothing forced, no picturing Shiva, no imagining your personal paradise, just breath, at first (and not even controlled breathing), then raw body sensation. What could be more present? What could be more personal?

Om Meditation certainly offers its benefits. As do, presumably, all forms of meditation. But there are unique gifts granted by Vipassana practice:

  1. Vipassana teaches body awareness in a rare and highly valuable form.
  2. It teaches contact with a beautiful and extremely reliable anchor to the present, a thing which is always perfectly here, sensation itself.
  3. Vipassana teaches Equanimity.

Vipassana meditation isn’t typically self-taught.

Though courses are widely available, free even, and frequently offered, at least via a tradition stemming from Burma, and taught by S. N. Goenka. I attended one of his 10 day ‘sittings,’ and feel the benefit every day. It’s easy for me to check in with my body. I can feel any little part, focus on my knee for instance, to feel precisely for a strain. I am far more able to locate areas of tension, and choose relaxation in those muscle groups. My balance is better, my body generally more erect and relaxed, and I feel physically more prepared for whatever comes my way (as a byproduct of the practice, really, these benefits were never even addressed in training.)

Moreover, I feel more mentally prepared. There are many practices which teach grounding in the present. Vipassana is an excellent one. At about the same time I attended the 10 day sitting, I read some Eckhart Tolle. He strongly recommends remaining present through body awareness, to stay grounded in now. I was amazed to find how well Vipassana facilitates this. And, as you may have heard, presence is incredibly powerful.

Whenever a situation arises, something that asks for decisions to be made, actions to be taken, you will be more able to make profitable, loving choices if you aren’t distracted by a stream of stressful thoughts. If your mind is current, focused on what is actually happening, it has far more ability to do good work, to choose with clarity what brings peace, achieves goals, and protects loved ones. Vipassana teaches you to halt the stream of thought positively, so that you are open to handling whatever situation may arise with all your capabilities present.

Most importantly, Vipassana teaches equanimity. Sensations arise, they have their expression, and they go. The river of life is the same. Situations arise. We dance with present love as best we are able, and we watch them transform. Nothing remains fixed, and nothing is more important than anything else. It all deserves all our love, because it is what we naturally desire to give. Presence gives clarity to what giving love Is. It opens us to act freely. With equanimity, everything is loved.

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Rachel, the owner of Your Best Meditation.com, is a traveler, marketer, and lover of adventure. She started meditating a few years ago, while living in Brazil, and has REALLY enjoyed the benefits of meditation since then. With regular meditation, Rachel reports feeling more calm, at peace, relaxed… and having a greater sense of “knowing”. That being said, she doesn’t always remember to meditate… … and is working on practicing more often. She finds that guided meditations help a lot, though. It can be really difficult to get still yourself, so having someone point you in the direction you want to take is priceless. When not meditating, Rachel has several other passions. Her interests range from reading, traveling, belly dancing, psychology, yoga, Toastmasters, and everything in between.

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