Meditation is a powerful tool that has been used for centuries to help the mind and body relax and be at peace. There are different ways to practice meditation, depending on your intention and purpose for tapping into this age-old practice. One study is called Vipassana, one of the oldest Indian techniques. You can use this tool to help you reach your inner happy place and achieve a state of bliss.
What is Vipassana meditation?
Vipassana meditation is an ancient practice that has been used in India for thousands of years. Even though this practice has been used over the ages, the Vipassana movement itself didn’t begin until the 1950s in Burma. The movement was to spread the use of Vipassana as a way to deal with modern Western problems and everyday ailments. At the core of Vipassana meditation is the search for insight, or mindfulness, something that is becoming more and more popular in today’s world. It is believed that through mindfulness one can inspect their own life and be more aware of himself and the world around him.
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How to practice Vipassana
Vipassana meditation is currently used all over the world but is the primary meditation used in Buddhism in Southeast Asia. To practice Vipassana you need to find a quiet and peaceful place where you will be undisturbed. Once you are sitting on the ground, you need to focus on your breathing, which is one of the most important elements of Vipassana. You will become mindful of your breathing, and you should try to maintain a steady rhythm, focusing on the rising and falling of the abdomen. While you are in this peaceful state you should start to be mindful of the sensations that you are experiencing during this time: the smells, the sounds, the feelings. The goal is to try to maintain this state without any other outside thoughts, focusing only on how you are experiencing the world during the meditation.
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The Vipassana center near Barcelona
About 35 miles northwest of Barcelona is Dhamma Neru, one of the first permanent Vipassana centers in Europe. Established in 1999, Dhamma Neru is located in Santa Maria de Palautordera, a peaceful village, and the perfect setting to practice the art of meditation. At Dhamma Neru, you can apply for the 10-day introduction course to take the first steps into becoming a practitioner of Vipassana. In this intensive course, you will learn from experienced teachers how to best practice this technique and use it in your everyday life. The course is run on donations, so there is no set cost. To learn more, look at Dhamma Neru’s website to see the calendar of courses and applications.
Vipassana in Barcelona
If you would like to stay in Barcelona and experience Vipassana, you can try a course at Vipassana Barcelona, located in the heart of the city. This way, you can enjoy a holiday in Barcelona and leave with the very powerful and healing knowledge of how to practice Vipassana. At this school, you can also learn more about other healing techniques like Reiki, Reflexology, and Nutrition. The courses offered here are taught by experienced teachers who enjoy spreading the knowledge of all of these ancient techniques. Browse their website for more course information and set out on a journey that will help to change your life.
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