My life has gotten a little hectic since I finished my teacher training. I met a boy, whom I love to spend time with, I started an energy exchange to keep up my practice, and got reacquainted with my friends and family (who took a backseat during TT). Plus I started teaching private classes on the side. Life is full of love and excitement, but it’s so busy that what little meditation practice I had during teacher training has slipped away from me.
Now it is just a peaceful memory. One of the best memories I have from a recent family vacation to Mexico is sitting on the balcony of our condo and meditating. But if I’m not on vacation or in teacher training, it has become non-existent.
So, like all yogis do when they lose their own self practice, I decided to take a class. But instead of taking a one-hour class once a week at the local meditation studio, I applied for a 10-day intensive meditation retreat at the Ontario Vipassana Centre.
This course is intense. Here’s a rundown:
No talking (gasp! I know. Try it and see how long you can last)
Bedtime is 9:30, wake up is 4 am! Followed by two hours of meditation
No contact with the outside world, like no smartphone, Internet usage.
The craziest part about the course is that it is paid for by donations from previous students who were shown the power of meditation as a tool for healing, truthfulness and clarity.
Now, your turn. Where are you at with your mediation practice? Are you a five-minute daily practitioner, or are you like me, it’s always in the back of your mind but you can’t seem to clear the physical and mental clutter out to get a good meditation in. What are you waiting for? Dive in.