What is Vipassana Meditation? – Benefits of Vipassana Meditation



Mind and matter are interdependently connected. It is an observable and scientific fact that the mind influences the body. The mind is capable of making us happy, as well as making us sad, or angry. The mind seems to be constantly ambivalent. It struggles between good and bad, but what really satisfies our conscious minds is to experience pleasant sensations – sensations which we are able to feel throughout our bodies.

We are unbalanced in this way. This is why we crave for pleasant sensations. We seek for satisfying our minds, but we cannot constantly feel pleasure. Of course, it doesn’t seem possible. We have done everything in our power to increase comfort and lead a life full of pleasant sensations. Then why is it that we are still utterly unhappy?

It’s because we’re only seeking pleasant sensations and giving them so much importance at a certain level. We only allow ourselves feel stimulated at a surface level – the conscious mind.

Happily, we have the power to improve that.  This is what the Vipassana meditation teaches us. It shows us how the reason for our unbalanced minds, our impurities, is the constant craving of our conscious minds for pleasant sensations. The Vipassana meditation speaks to our deeper selves. It  wants us to see things as they really are, to take a break from our chatterbox conscious minds and let our root speak for a moment, while our shallow mind isn’t watching.

The root of the mind is constantly connected with body sensations, too.  Vipassana deals with the root of the mind; it is purifying.

Imagine yourself in a quiet place for three days observing your natural, uncontrolled breath, experiencing only the breath. You are breathing in, breathing out, you are not thinking about anything else – this is the hardest part, but if you concentrate on solely your breathing, you will reach a point of silence and peace.

After 3 days of relaxing your core, the mind is very sharp and very sensible to all kinds of sensations which you may not have experienced beforehand. You become more observant and attentive. Unwillingly, you will objectively understand present sensations. Imagine feeling the subtlety of the sensations, whether pleasant or unpleasant, and realizing that they are based on vibrations – starting to feel and observe the mere vibrations, thus balancing the effects  various stimuli have on us.

This change occurs and happens constantly, thus helping you purify from the root of your mind.  You will begin to experience new sensations of your healthy mind – a feeling of wholeness will start to visit you more and more, until it opens you up completely and allows you to free yourself of negativity. Once you start experiencing this new positive world, you will undoubtedly feel the benefits of feeling compassion, love and gratitude – these feelings emit such high levels of energy, such vibrations, that your loving, peaceful self will become contagious. Others will benefit, too!

You will become a source of harmony – an oasis, if you will. And helping others will only amplify your joy. Your happiness results in other people’s happiness, which is a cycle within itself.

You have the power of experiencing yourself subjectively – you have the power of healing and destroying. Using your power for healing will backfire and bring you only happiness.

And what is so perfect about this, is that meditation is not based on any dogma or religion. You can practice meditation without interfering with any of your other habits. You can do it anywhere, at any time, for how much you like. In fact, I can guarantee that you will feel so good, that you will not want to stop.

The healing of the mind is accessible and universal. Think of it like medication. You see? They even sound almost the same – medication helps you heal your physical body, and meditation helps you heal your spiritual body – your mind, your soul. They are both scientifically proven, only on different levels.  Also, the only side effects of Vipassana meditation may include: peace, harmony, compassion, joy and happiness.

You may start to feel balanced and tolerant. You may experience loss of preconceptions. Your priorities might change and your desires for being rich or richer may diminish, as your ego will. Your relationships with people around you will improve, while your interest for the material may fade.

Check this insightful video from  S.N. Goenka about Vipassana Meditation .    Mr. Goenka is a teacher of Vipassana meditation in the tradition of the late Sayagyi U Ba Khin of Burma ( Myanmar ).

So, overall, the meditation treatment will change the way you think and feel for the better. If you feel that you are ready for detoxifying your mind, then I am glad to have shared this information with you, and I would personally prescribe Vipassana meditation to everyone.

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Naina Shah
Naina Shah 5pts

Vasanti Patel, Mina Shah, Mishal Shah, Niva Shah, XI Shaanti IX

namochundi 5pts

The breathing meditation described in this article is actually called Shamatha (calm abiding meditation). Vipassana is actually insight meditation and follows Shamatha. Vipassana is a contemplative examination of phenomenon used to cut through illusions of permanence, independent origination, and the self fabricated mental construct that we overlay our experience of self and the external world. 

Shamatha/Viipassana has nothing to do with increasing pleasure, seeking pleasure. In fact one of its main aims is to cut through such desires. 

I really strongly encourage anyone desiring to learn Shamatha/ Vipassana to do a lot of research on it to put this article in proper context. 

John Gray Waters
John Gray Waters 5pts

.......for best results , take a ten day course , at one of the many centres around the world........they are offered for free. ........we learn to observe ourselves , with awareness and equanimity. i am deeply grateful for being taught such a simple ,powerful and useful way of being.................AS IT IS...............

Paulo Alok
Paulo Alok 5pts

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DrTanya ChadHa
DrTanya ChadHa 5pts

its an ancient Indian meditation techniquerediscoverd by gotoum Buddha...Vipassana is a way of self-transformationthrough self-observation. It focuses on the deep interconnectionbetween mind and body, which can be experienced directly by attention to the physical sensations that form the life of the body, and that continuously interconnect and condition the life of the mind. It is this observation-based, meditation which is ajourney to the common of mind and body that dissolves mental impurity, resulting in a balanced mind full of love and compassion....in short it is a technique to see the things actually they are...I deeply thanks to goutamo Buddha for rediscovering this technique... its amazing..

Rishi Goyal
Rishi Goyal 5pts

This is great technique. I am doing from past few years.