Thursday, December 5, 2019

Me, Myself and I

What's the hardest thing you've ever done? Definitely in my top five is attending the ten day Vipassana silent meditation retreat this past June. It's also one of the BEST things I've ever done for myself.

I've practiced meditation on and off for many years. From Thich Nhat Hanh inspired walking meditations at a solo spiritual retreat in Hawaii to weekly guided meditations & dharma talks led by Tara Brach at the Insight Meditation Community of Washington with up to 250 attendees. But I've never incorporated a consistent daily practice into my life. Until now.

My friend and hairdresser extraordinaire, Mychal, told me about the retreat five or six years ago. I'm always up for challenging myself and growing spiritually, but it just never seemed to fit into my schedule. Until this year.

This is NOT a vacation. This is WORK. This is a HUGE commitment to learn and experience the Vipassana technique. A way of meditation to eradicate suffering. And for me, it was a chance to truly live in the present moment, more connected to myself and others than I've felt in a long time.