On March 12th I will be attending a 10-day meditation course in Merritt, BC. This is the first meditation course (of this length) I’ve ever taken and while I’m super excited, I’m also anxious. The course is not only 10 days away from home (and Brandon), staying in residence at the Vipassana Meditation Centre, it’s also carried out completely in silence.
Yup, no talking, no reading, no writing, no communication of any sort. This is 10 days of meditation and self-discipline.
Taken from their website:
Vipassana, which means to see things as they really are, is one of India’s most ancient techniques of meditation. It was rediscovered by Gotama Buddha more than 2500 years ago and was taught by him as a universal remedy for universal ills, i.e., an Art Of Living.
My days will begin at 4:00am and end at 9:30pm. I will sit and mediate for the majority of the time. Meals and light walking will break up the sitting. The course is completely free; donations are accepted but only after you have completed the course. It’s run by the kindness of others (100% volunteers). These centers exist all over the world so if you’re interested I’m sure you can find one near you.
I’m not sure what else I can say at this point. I’ve thought about attending something like this for years but it wasn’t until I met my friend Kerry that this dream became a reality. She attended last year and had nothing but wonderful things to say about her experience. I know that at times I will struggle. I will wonder why I pledged to give up my voice for 10 days. I will fight against myself. It will most likely stir up deep emotions. I might even cry.
But I won’t be alone. I will be surrounded by 59 other people who chose to sit in a room and meditate in silence. There is something incredibly powerful about that.
I’m not sure what I’ll discover about myself. I have no idea how I will feel. But I know that it will change me. It will enable me to live in the moment and be mindful and in the end that’s really all I can ask for.