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Applications, Buddhism, Meditation, Religion

Progressions of Vipassana Insight Meditation

Progression in insight meditation, or Vipassana meditation, is a difficult thing to characterize in the context of your practice. When you exercise consistently, you begin to notice changes in your body and energy levels – loss of fat, increased muscle tone and mass, increased endurance; however, meditation progression is not linear – even with dedicated practice – and little or no evidence of progress can make the experience frustrating enough to quit.

April 13, 2016 ×

Meditation, Research

Mental Silence and Meditation

The running monologue inside our heads has a way of putting up a dividing wall between us and our happiness. We can relate to the severity of this issue in extreme cases such as schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, or depression. Our stream of consciousness – at its most malicious – can commandeer our entire view of ourselves and dim our view on the outside world. This mind-gone-wild affliction touches us all, to differing degrees.

‘I think, therefore I am’, was René Descartes’ line from Discourse on the Method.¹ Our awareness of self is our defining characteristic. Furthermore, our ability as human beings to reflect upon, and investigate our thoughts – and the neural basis of these thoughts – is veritably mind-blowing. However, when self-awareness turns into incessant mind-chatter, we begin to question its value and seek ways to quiet the noise.

January 6, 2016 ×

Applications, Buddhism, Meditation

The 6 Sense Doors of Vipassana

In Buddhist philosophy, there are 6 sense doors – ways in which we allow information in. The 6 sense doors are the eyes, ears, taste, touch, body, and mind. A combination of factors are required to be at play for any stimulus to enter a sense door.

September 11, 2015 ×

Meditation

Meditation and Observing the Background Processes of our Minds

Our words, thoughts and deeds are like our hair and skin. They are manifestations of our inner health. We apply conditioner to remedy dry, brittle hair, Clearasil or tea tree oil to acne, blush to a pale complexion. Likewise we apply apologies and remorse to harsh words, we indulge in or avoid our thoughts, and justify or regret (or both) our questionable deeds. At some point, we realize these solutions are too late, and rather than addressing the root cause, we’re playing whack-a-mole with our ailments.

Before attaining any skill in mindfulness meditation, with absolutely no experience or momentum on your side, you can begin to assess the quality of your mind. Even in five minutes – eyes closed, sitting still – you will observe various ongoing processes running in your mind. This is a snapshot of your inner experience which you may not have been aware of.

January 29, 2015 ×