Posts tagged Vipassana
Part III: Perfect Equanimity

What is 'perfect equanimity'? Why can I still hear it? Is it because I was brainwashed for 10 days? Possibly. There’s nothing like being brainwashed for world peace. But ultimately, I don’t think it’s brainwashing. Sure, you are isolated for the rest of the world, encouraged not to speak to others or consume any other information other than your host for 120 continuous hours, but ultimately, when you hear something and experience something to be true, it sticks. So, ‘perfect equanimity’ sticks - but why?

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Part II: The Monkey Mind & More BS

It is incredible what the mind will resurrect when it is totally and completely free of distraction. Well, most distractions. ‘Vipassana Camp’ (it’s like ‘band camp’ for spiritual folk), is sex-segregated with women on one side of the property grounds, and men on the other. Clearly this separation does very little to mitigate distractions of the queer-identified and curious individuals who sign on to this particular brand of zen torture. I’m fairly certain I fell in love with the back of someone’s head, and a pair of hands dishing out Mung Bean Curry...

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Part I: The Vipassana Experience

A duffel bag, a backpack, two pairs of loose joggers, three sweaters, a warm blanket and a thermos. This would be all I’d need for 10 whole days. I took one last look at my Parkdale condo before meeting my ride-share downstairs, and had a strange, familiar feeling. It was a feeling I’d felt before, just hours before my Dad passed away - the day I woke up, and something in me knew that something was going to change that day.

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