• P.O. Box 28, Round Hill, VA 20142

Vipassana (Insight) meditation series – 12/4, 11, 18

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Date(s) - December 18, 2017
6:30 pm - 7:30 pm

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• What we’ll do
Nitin will be offering this 3-week series based on his ten-day silent Vipassana (mindfulness or insight) meditation retreat experience. He got so much out of the ten-day silent retreat that he wants to give people a taste, so that one day they may want to explore taking this retreat. Ten days not only for yourself but for others around you, because when we become more happy and centered. We are able to give back more, be present in our relationships and contribute to our society in creative wholesome ways.

“All of us seek peace and harmony, because this is what we lack in our lives. We all want to be happy; we regard it as our right. Yet happiness is a goal we strive toward more often than attain. At times we all experience dissatisfaction in life – agitation, irritation, disharmony, suffering. Even if at this moment we are free from such dis-satisfactions, we can all remember a time when they afflicted us and can foresee a time when they may recur. Eventually we all must face the suffering of death.

Nor do our personal dis-satisfactions remain limited to ourselves; instead, we keep sharing our suffering with others. The atmosphere around each unhappy person becomes charged with agitation, so that all who enter that environment may also feel agitated and unhappy. In this way individual tensions combine to create the tensions of society.

This is the basic problem of life: Its unsatisfactory nature. Things happen that we do not want; things what we do not happen. And we are ignorant of how or why this process works, just as we are each ignorant of our own beginning and end.

To come out of this misery. A human being has the wonderful ability to go deep inside, observe reality and come out of suffering(through attachment, clinging and aversion) through Vipassana. Not to use this ability is to waste one’s life. So Use it to live a really healthy, happy life!” From the book – The art of living, Vipassana meditation as taught by S.N. Goenka by William Hart

INSTRUCTIONS: All participants are welcome. We only ask for one thing and that is sincerity for your own well-being. Sincerity to practice and go deeper into the process of meditation.
1. Nobel silence: Total silence during the whole session except the guided instructions. Questions can be asked after the class. Each session will start and end with a bell.
2. The class will start with ten minutes of gentle yoga, followed by two 20-minute sits with a 5-minute mindful walking break in-between.
3. Each session will have 5-minute guided instructions at the start with 15 minutes of practice in total silence. This is a must so that you can sharpen your faculty of awareness and attention to notice the workings of your mind and emotions. This a must so you can build your own muscle of mindfulness and awareness and not be dependent on someone else.
4. Each week, step by step we will progress in Vipassana technique by using different tools within the framework of our body (breath and sensations).
5. We highly recommend that you practice the technique given each week for at least 20 minutes daily. So that you can go deeper and find the reservoir of peace within.

EVIDENCE: Scientists and therapists (cognitive behavioral therapy) have discovered the benefits of using Vipassana or mindfulness meditation to:
1. Relieve stress and relaxation
2. Manage heart disease, high blood pressure, chronic pain, sleep problems, gastrointestinal difficulties.
3. Treat mood problems.
4. Help prevent depressive episode relapse.
5. Higher Emotional Intelligence.
6. Greater concentration and attention span.
7. The practice leads to equanimity, patience, resilience and non-reactivity (not non-responsiveness). You will build the ability to accept things as they are and let go the unnecessary.

• What to bring
A yoga mat and a light wraparound or blanket to keep you comfortable during the sittings.

• Important to know
Please don’t eat anything heavy an hour before the session.

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