Today, Christmas Day, is a day of gratitude, family, celebration, gift-giving, prayer, and honoring of Jesus Christ’s unconditional love and Divine aspects. Each and every major religion’s activities are sacred, each lineage is sacred, each teaching is sacred, and they all ultimately point to the same eternal and Divine characteristics of energy. Christianity is the same, and it is the major religion of the West.
Topic: Vipassana on Christmas Day
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When: Tues, 12/25/12
Time: 6pm MST, 5pm PST, 7pm CST
Traveling through India in 2009 and 2010 I would partake in as many 10-day Vipassana Meditation Retreats as possible, as the energy in India is very supportive of spiritual transformation. It was December, 2009, and I was looking into another course to take near Jaipur, Rajasthan. Low and behold, this course was during Christmas. In fact, Day 6 of the retreat would fall exactly on Christmas Day.
I wondered what my family would think if I were incommunicado during Christmas. I wondered if it would be considered strange or hiding away from life if I were in the middle of a retreat. But then I sat with what Christmas truly was.
Christmas and the week leading to New Year’s Day is a time of self-reflection and goal-setting. How was this past year for me? How can I improve upon it this coming year? What do I truly desire for myself and my family? Who was Jesus Christ? What aspects of Him do I enjoy and aspire to become more of? What areas in my life still require more consciousness and healing? Which Divine characteristics inspire me and get me out of bed in the morning?
It became apparent that being in the middle of a retreat, in the depths of mental reflection, insights, and purification would be the most positive thing I could take part in. My Awakening, my love to show to myself and to my world… what a positive activity!! Certainly it isn’t a normal activity in Western society to be in deep meditation for 10 days during Christmas, but the thoughts and feelings one has after their retreat are far more in-line with Christ’s teachings than the thoughts and feelings being had before one’s retreat. And isn’t this our training?
So I said, “Yes, please!!” And every year since then some kind of profound training has occurred on or near Christmas Day and New Year’s, honoring the truth of what this time of year stands for; gratitude for our Solstice, for Life itself, for our families, for our friendships, for our health, and even more.. the cleansing of our mental karma so our gratitude can be more sincere.
Please join us this evening, Christmas Day, at 6pm MST (7pm Houston Time) in meditation, feeling our bodies, accepting our minds, and giving gratitude for life itself.
From all of us at Vipassana New World,
We wish you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.
May your day be merry and bright, and may your heart be filled with your peace and eternal love.
Vipassana New World