Vipassana meditation: a new life is starting :)

 

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a great view

I met so many people enthusiastic about this 10-days meditation retreat that I had to try myself. Bu  t 10 days of full silence, intensive meditation, no reading, or writing, or even drawing or playing music sounded unbearable for me. Nevertheless, every new traveler I met was explaining me how much this meditation time changed his life. So what is 10 days compared to my whole life time, not even 1%! So it seems worth it to “sacrifice” these 10 days, if it can help me for the rest of

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great vegetarian food

my life J I subscribe several time to retreat in India or Thailand, but cancelled at the last minute, not feeling ready yet. I waited until I was determined enough to be sure to stay for 10 days, and not quit before the end. I finally follow the 10-days meditation retreat in Penang, Malaysia and I don’t regret it!

I never meditated in the past, and from one day to another, I strated meditating for 10 hours a day! It was really hard at beginning, but it became easier, enjoyable and finally almost necessary. By concentering on my breath and my sensations, I understood by experience, how to control my emotions, my desires, my pains, my regrets… In 10 days I progressively purify my mind, thanks to this little “peace bubble” surrounding me: no external influence could disturb me, I was just face to face with myself. My mind became so

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a great team who all made it to the end !

much clearer, my thoughts so much brighter, and I felt so lighter. All these frustrations, deceptions, regrets, also called « sankara », accumulated in the past, started to dissolve, to create a clear slate to build the future. I left the place with a clear vision of the present, myself and what I want to achieve in the future…

 

Every evening, a long discourse was explaining us the origin and the theory behind this fantastic technic. It follows the Buddha teaching, aiming at getting detached and reaching enlightenment. Nevertheless, it is a universal technic, not linked with any religion. It is free, and you can give a donation only after you finished the 10 days. Vipassana centers exist all over the world, so if you want more about it, just have a look on this website: http://www.dhamma.org/

From Pataya to Ko Phangan Island: vacation time !

I was very lucky when I left Pai, because a car drove me to Bangkok directly so I didn’t have to take the train as I planned first. I spend the week-end with an old school friend and her boyfriend, in Pataya. They have an amazing apartment with swimming pool, beach and an amazing view! We spent great time eating sticky rice with mango, talking about the good old time and discovering a new restaurant concept: Condom & Cabbage.

I also visited Imke, I met in Tacompai during the permaculture class, to help him with his project. He showed me around, and we started to clean the swimming pool where he wants to introduce fishes…

Then, I spent a week in the Daruma farm, a few kilometers from Pataya. It is a big house for volunteers and home schooling, surrounded by pounds, gardens, fruit trees and many animals. Neil, the owner, is growing pigs, ducks, fishes, chicken, sheeps and more… I spent my time making raised beds, taking care of the animals, reading and cooking Indian and Thai food.

I also spent a few days in Bangkok, couchsurfing with a guy from Cameroun. He made me discover the African community of Bangkok, with its own bars, music, language, codes and habits. I was amazed; I had the impression to be back in Chad!

I finished this « vacation time » on the Ko Phangan Island. I was planning the woof there, but the “nudist” law of the place made me escape! So I ended up on Karel’s balcony, just over the sea. It was wonderful to fall asleep with the waves’ sound. I went hiking and snorkeling. Good resting time.

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