Meditation seems to be the new craze in the health and wellness industry. People tend to be skeptical and turned off by the “new trends” (as they should be), however, meditation has been around FOREVER. We have just recycled it and made it cool again! There are so many different styles of sitting and it can be confusing to find the one that works for you. I’ve tried many types and settled on the Vipassana technique after doing a 10-day silent course at one of their centres in Quebec. Yes, 10 days. Silence. Torture. I’m not suggesting that everyone take their vacation time to numb their butts off on a pillow for 100 hours, but adopting a daily meditation practice can be very rewarding.
Something that really surprised me during my Vipassana course was that even though I was in physical pain (period cramps and sitting for extended periods [ha!] of time will do that to you), I was experiencing the pain differently. I was able to disassociate from the unpleasant sensation without ignoring it and pushing it out of my mind. I was in a state of non-reactivity. I was aware of the feelings and chose to look at them the way a scientist would look at a science experiment-inquisitively. Acknowledging that the pain was present yet temporary, kept me intrigued instead of angry and scared.
I was able to detach from identifying myself with the pain. Who needs Advil?
Meditation also calms me down and brings me back to planet Earth in ways that Netflix bingeing will never do. Anxiety is no fun. I’ve learned to sit with it and observe it without judging or making it worse. Ignoring or medicating the internal storm can temporarily relieve the discomfort, but will never get to the root of the problem and solve it. Cool.
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