I remember sitting there in awe, thinking, "But how? In a neighborhood filled with smog, drunkards, smokers, dark clothes, crowded streets and honking cars? Was it really possible?"
At the time I did not understand that Purity exists everywhere.
Soon after that experience, I was playing in Oak Creek in Sedona, AZ when a tourist walked up to me with a beaming smile. "I love this place, " he said, as he splashed the creek's healing water into his face.
I asked where he was from, and he replied, "New Jersey, but i am from Eastern Europe."
He said, "Both. The Power is everywhere- New York, New Jersey, Sedona, Moscow. This healing Energy exists everywhere. It's all about accessing it."
Again, I found myself a little mystified. Was it true?
Surprisingly, I felt a feeling of Love wash over me and humble me as he said these words.
There was something about this man that was so open and appealing, and again I was hearing this message that Love or God existed everywhere.
For so long I had denied myself the truth that the buzzing aliveness of God-Energy could be accessed everywhere.
Then along came Vipassana...
Until that time in my life I had practiced forms of energy connection that involved another person helping me to access my Truth; I had never consistently done it alone. I didn't know how. In fact, I doubted to could be done alone, because I had had my hand held for so long. I didn't know if I was ready to walk the Path by myself, finding my own Truth.
Today I sat in a field in New Jersey while visiting my in-laws on their small ranch estate. It had been a long day, entertaining guests, playing with 5 children in a fairy house (a large pine tree which had blown over in a recent storm), and baking a number of goodies for everyone to munch on. And here I was, taking a pause to reconnect with my peace, meditating Vipassana alone for a half hour in their yard.
Soon washed over me the glorious feeling of Universal Love; my connection to all of life, all people, all of creation.
Ahhh... I relaxed deeply as God's hands wrapped around me. I heard the words "I feel my body," ring through my mind, alongside a prayer of gratitude for a week-long vacation on the east coast at my wife's family's property.
I remembered that day back in Sedona, relaxing with my spiritual friend. I remembered the tourist who had been visiting from New Jersey with his thick accent sharing with me that God existed in all places.
A large smile and a deep sigh told me it was true; God exists everywhere.
I am grateful for Vipassana; grateful to have a method of experiencing my love in any place, on a whim or planned, whenever I desire or whenever I require experiencing my peace- there Love is. In me, outside me. It is everywhere.
Happy Holidays, and may you experience your Love this holiday season each moment;
may you be fully Awakened now. And now. And now.
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