Part 2: Takeaways from my 10-day meditation experience

In my previous  post, I talked about why I went to the barren but beautiful region of Ladakh for the Vipassana meditation program and the daily life of a Vipassana meditator. Here are my take aways from it.

Overlooking Leh from Dhamma Ladhha-vipassana meditation

Overlooking Leh from Dhamma Laddha- Photo taken by Iti

Meals

I looked forward to every meal. Though itt was simple and light vegetarian fare, every mouthful was so flavourful!

No, I wasn’t starved. If I had the same food back here in Singapore, I would be happy too.

Fruits were bruised most of the time, and we get one or two slices max.

The idea is that one lives like a nun/monk, on the charity of others. She/he has nothing and partakes what is given. It was a humbling experience and I am grateful for the opportunity to experience Vipassana.

Shower

Water was scarce and the air was so dry. My facial moisturizer was not good enough for the dry spots on my body. My skin became so itchy, I scratched until I bled. To cope, I took only two full showers throughout. Other times, I cleaned my body part by part, first with a wet towel, followed immediately with a dry towel.

My experience at Vipassana Meditation

I enjoyed every moment at Vipassana. I came out happy, relaxed; my mind quiet and still.

I experienced body sensations that I was never aware of.

I had experienced loss six months but I never thought much or grieved about it. This memory came to me during a session and I cried  my eyes out, soaking my top with my tears)\. The loss was more painful than I had expected, but by the time I was done. The purge was complete and the memory was laid to rest.

Takeaways

I remember the night the power went off. The instant the center became engulfed in darkness, the stars seemed to pop from the sky, they seemed so close. I felt that if I reached far enough, I could touch them.

I remember the cold Himalayan wind on my cheeks as I stayed out to watch the Milky Way, Big Bear, the Orion’s Belt and shooting stars. (Best places to stargaze: Check out 12: Leh)

Living in the city, it is difficult to get away from the hustle and bustle. Yet I found this quiet and silence in Saboo Village, in the cosy meditation hall, on top of a rocky outcrop, overseeing the vast plain.

I took too few photos, but this vast quiet plain will always remain in my mind’s eye.

BIrd's eye view of Dhamma Lhada- vipassana meditation

BIrd’s eye view of Dhamma Lhada, Saboo VIllage- Photo credits to Liron Shua

 

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