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My Three Days at Vipassana

I first heard about Vipassana from Rivers Cuomo, the lead singer for Weezer. He was explaining that despite being a rock star, he was celibate because of Vipassana. Powerful stuff, I guess. He raved about the benefits of it, although I don't remember exactly what he said anymore. It stuck in my mind, and over the years I thought about signing up, but something always seemed to be in the way of me leaving society for ten days to learn how to meditate.

The idea is simple and extreme, both of which appealed to me. You go to a meditation center in the middle of nowhere, agree to be silent and without any contact with the other world for ten days. Then, on a donation only basis, they teach you how to meditate, which you do for ten hours each day.

Finally, after knowing about it for five years, I signed up and went to a course. No notepads were allowed in, so this is reconstructed pretty faithfully from memory.

MEDITATE

On WANDERING BLOOM

If you have ever taken a yoga class, you might have tried meditation. This being said, you were probably confused and maybe didn't exactly know what to do or what the purpose was. Well, let me enlighten you.

Meditation is a form of relaxation as well as a mental discipline. It will help you achieve a deeper state of self-awareness and understanding. Some benefits to meditation include, building self-confidence, increase in productivity, it helps with focus and concentration as well as memory. It provides you with peace of mind, happiness, and cures headaches, helps with anxiety, blood flow and has many more benefits. (For more examples of its benefits, check out: http://www.ineedmotivation.com/blog/2008/05/100-benefits-of-meditation/)

Meditation is like training your mind to become more relaxed, develop compassion, love, patience, generosity and forgiveness.

How to Meditate and Make it a Habit:

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