Please join us this evening for 'Vipassana for Purification', a 1hr guided Group Meditation Sitting from 6:30pm to 7:30pm Denver time. We will enjoy a quiet group sitting guiding ourselves with occasional commentary. If you joined us in our last sitting, you remember how loud it was. I was in Flagstaff at a friend's office, and there happened to be a dance troupe practicing below us. Lots of chance for us to practice acceptance :) Tonight will be quieter and simpler.
Date/ Time: Tues 2/5, 6:30pm MST
Topic: Vipassana for Purification
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Last week I was blessed with taking part in a personal 5-day sitting. Vipassana New World hadn't taught a 5-day retreat since summer 2011 in Las Vegas, Nevada, so it was nice to do this again.
Personal sittings are excellent ways to experience how you do things in your life. What are your patterns, what do you think about, how does your body accomplish tasks, what extra steps do you inject into your movements that cause them to not be so peaceful, How long does it take your mind and body to acclimate to Vipassana's peaceful natural energy, and how long does it take you to revert to old patterns once your retreat is over (this last one tells you a lot about how ingrained a program may be for you).
A personal retreat allows you to do things "your way"; following your heart while following the meditation timetable. Vipassana is so powerful that even if you try to listen or read information that is not Vipassana-based or take part in activities which are not Vipassana-based, within a few days you will find yourself only taking part in activities that support your Vipassana practice; activities of a very pure-hearted and high vibration, such as listening to Buddha discourses on 'right living', reading moral manuscripts, stretching, meditating during breaktime, much rest, and little movement.
It is strange how it works, but isolating your mental body and purifying it to such deep levels naturally balances you and your activities out. I recall last year during a 24 days sitting that I listened to a lot of 'right speech' (harmonious communication) audio from the Mastery Systems' Conscious Language organization. Yet after about day 12, I was unable to any longer. All my audio choices and breaktime activities began shifting to Buddha audios, prayers, and books, as the vibration of these lined up best with Vipassana. And after giving in to this process, I noticed how pure minded and loving I became.
The entire Vipassana meditation system is one of peace, goodwill, and wholesomeness.
After 2 days of this past retreat I released the tension which had been accumulating from a recent position I have taken in the Flagstaff area. Yes it takes time and effort to burn off the misaligned vibrations we accumulate.
After 3 days I was able to walk outside and look at things with clear eyes; purity in heart and mind and peace in body movements wishing goodwill to everything around.
This retreat ended with a desire to continue sitting for another 10 days :)
Yet life is about accepting, observing, and gently guiding our lives into higher states that accept our pure-hearted desires. And so i step back into family life re-inspired to introduce new ways of doing things and new hopes that will bring more peace to our lives. And this is what doing a personal retreat is about. We hope to provide personally-guided retreats within 2 years time or less, and help from volunteers will help us bring the VNW Retreat Center to life.
We wish you a lovely week, and may your heart be filled with peace.
Please don't underestimate the power of Anapana. This focus-improving activity will help in putting you back in your body and re-focused on your life in a grounded and confident way. Sometimes it's good to do it for an hour or two each weekend to restrengthen our connection to our bodies in Vipassana.
ps: due to the great response for our 'Vipassana Bumper Sticker' project, we offer you a free download of a new Group Sitting recorded a few days ago during retreat. It will be available for 48 hours from receipt of this email:
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