5 Tips for Your 10 Day Vipassana Meditation Course That No One Talks About
5 Tips to Survive Your 10 Day Vipassana That No One Talks About
I am back from a 10-day Vipassana course with my wife and want to share 3 tips for surviving and making the best out of your 10-day course. The location we went to was in Wisconsin in the United States, so your experience may vary depending on your location.
I’m assuming that you’re watching this video because you’ve already have an interest in applying for a 10-day Vipassana course. Maybe it was because one of your family, friends or co-workers had attended the course and had recommended it to you. Maybe it’s because you’ve been meditating and wanted to learn more and become more serious about meditation. Maybe it’s just curiosity of experiencing something new and possibly mystical. Maybe you’ve come to a crossroads in your life. Do you take the right path? The left path? The no path? Maybe it's to challenge yourself.
Whatever your reason may be there are things you want to be prepared for to make the best out of your experience. 10 days of full silence is a major commitment to most of us and in our case, my wife and I had decided to go to this course over a trip to Prague. My wife being pregnant, these were serious considerations as our travels will most likely be reduced by quite a bit when our new addition to the family comes.
If you've never heard about a 10-day Vipassana course, it's a meditation course that teaches you the technique of Vipassana meditation. Keep in mind, that this course is a very technique and sense oriented course, and there will be very little theoretical and philosophical discussion. They also do a great job of keeping things as secular as possible within this spiritual practice.
With that said, let's go into the practical tips that no one talks about.
Bring digestive enzymes, activated charcoal and/or Lactase pills
Build up your core for the long sits
Find your own comfortable sitting posture, bring a cushion and blanket
If you're pregnant, don't worry, you'll be just fine – Of course, you don't want to be doing a 10-day course when you're about to give birth in the next week. My wife was half way into her pregnancy and we also saw 2 others that were pregnant, about 1-2 months ahead of my wife. Be smart, but also don't worry about it, the group there will be compassionate to your situation and will help to make your experience there the best they can. Make sure to contact the center beforehand to let them know your request if you have any. Also, make sure to ask if you can have extra food, and if you can request a chair for the meditation sits.
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