This is What Happened After 100 Hours Of Meditation in 10 Days
Imagine, for a moment, being whisked away to a large, nondescript building amongst the rolling hills of the British countryside. Upon arrival, you are stripped of your belongings. No phone, no books, no pen, no paper. You are left with nothing but your clothes and toiletries. Then, for the next 10 days, you wake up at 4:30 a.m. and complete 10 hours of meditation, every day. You’re not allowed to talk to anyone other than your teacher, and there’s no eye contact or bodily contact allowed.
What I’ve just described may sound like a literal hell to some, but for me, it was a welcomed escape from the hyperstimulation of my day-to-day activities. I finally had time to go completely inwards and work on overcoming the cravings and aversions of my mind. Surprisingly, tens of thousands of people across the world, from all walks of life, sign up for these 10-day vipassana meditation courses every year.
The most recent course I attended ran over the New Year’s holiday period, which, for most people, is a time when they reflect on the past year and make “resolutions” for changing their habits or behaviour during the coming year. But I feel that without going inwards, it’s pretty tricky to actually figure out what has been draining your energy and holding you back, making it impossible to know what you really need to change about yourself. This is why I went back to attend my second course. You learn more about yourself every single time.
If you’re curious what happens over the 10 days, you may find some value in a video I created wherein I detail my experience. I explain the day-to-day schedule, my biggest challenges, and the benefits I received after leaving on day 11. I’ve included that video below, along with two others that go deeper into the very first day, and why I almost quit, together with an explanation of vipassana meditation and where it originated.
My 10-Day Vipassana Meditation Experience
Day 1: Why I Almost Quit
As you can imagine, day 1 is where things get “real”. You’ve made the commitment to finish the course all the way to day 11, but right now it seems such a long way off. This is when your mind gets to work to try and convince you that this is not such a good idea. Logical reasons start to form in your mind for why you should quit. But this is all just a test.
I recorded this video to share with you what happens on day 1 and the kind of tricks my mind was playing and how I overcame them.
What Is Vipassana Meditation
Just like you need to train your body to build strength, you need to train your mind for mental strength and balance. But what exactly IS Vipassana, where did it come from and what are the benefits you can expect with consistent practice? Watch the video below to find out.