Thinking of Vipassana

I was physically tired out I did not get up to go to either Saturday or Sunday’s internal Balik Kampung session, and apparently today, my low energy was so low XH picked it up when he saw me entering the school. How do I tell you I have been physically feeling the fatigue the past month, and this week was the worst of all..

That said, I think the last 24 hours have been slightly productive. I sent out messages to people in the “Resources” tab and managed to have nice chats with some of them. HY said something sweet;

“to own a focus in (is) beautiful.. while being generalist can be interesting too. here’s to lifelong learning! and keeping still sometimes to realign our hearts simply by resting.”

I guess I really need that rest to realign my heart desires.

I replied to some of the WhatsApp messages, and the last hour or so, and I cleared about 50 unread Facebook messages, with the bulk of it from 22nd March 2014 onwards. And it feels good to have 0 unread messages. Slowly starting to clear more things online and offline as well.

This busyness in life reminds me of K who I was texting with yesterday. She recently finished her Vipassana Meditation course.

Sidetrack: I met K in mid march through a Couchsurfing outing on 16th March 2014. As usual, we had a short introduction of each other. She is a Malaysian living in the UK the last 17 years and was in Singapore for a short break before she returned to the UK. The other Couchsurfers kept mentioning about her brother who is a cyclist living in Singapore and being very helpful, and said his name as “SK”. I found it all too familiar, probed further and realised it was the same SK running Tree In Lodge. And I met this SK back in 2011. I thought “Wow, what a coincidence!” Later, I learnt K was going for a Vipassana Meditation. Then, at a documentary screening on 19th March 2014, I met J, a Singaporean who just returned from a one-year volunteer attachment in Bangalore, India. He was working in one of the environmental NGO for a decade probably before calling it quits. We were on the topic of taking a break, and I brought up K and Vipassana and J’s friend mentioned “Hey, J was/is helping to run that!” And I thought “OK, I need to check out this thing.”

“Vipassana, which means to see things as they really are, is one of India’s most ancient techniques of meditation. It was rediscovered by Gotama Buddha more than 2500 years ago and was taught by him as a universal remedy for universal ills, i.e., an Art Of Living. This non-sectarian technique aims for the total eradication of mental impurities and the resultant highest happiness of full liberation.” –Source.

I read the Code of Discipline and found practising Noble Silence and maintaining No Outside Communication for the entire 10 day course as one of the tougher rules for me. I am amazed at how they managed to run this programme solely on donations. The next cycle for adults is for the period is 14th to 25th May, and as usual will be held at St Johns Island which is about 6.5km south of Singapore. I am contemplating if I should be joining it.

They have 153 centres and 106 non-centres worldwide. I guess that’s an option if you ever find yourself needing to connect with your mind and body and heal yourself.


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