Wednesday, March 24, 2010

The Art of Living

Having registered for a 10-day Vipassana meditation retreat for later this month I was lucky enough to be gifted a book by William Hart called - The Art of Living.
It is a journey through a 10-day retreat as taught by S.N Goenka, who in 1955 went searching for a cure for his severe migraines. This search took him to India - from Burma - to begin learning Vipassana meditation from U Ba Khin and in 1969 Mr Goenka became an authorised teacher of Vipassana. His journey took him far beyond alleviating the symptoms of his physical dis-ease but he found a discipline that was later able to transcend cultural and religious barriers.

A search for a cure of migraines today...actually we as individuals aren't accustomed to searching for cures anymore. The automated response is generally:

Migraine = Doctor = Medication

What inspires me about this individual journey is that it began with the desire to cure one's own physical symptoms and resulted in so much more. We live very much in a well defined world where if we do this - that will happen. Or if we do this - that will happen.

My message is be for what works for you and be surprised at the magic that presents itself in your world. There is a great shift happening at the moment - people are opening their hearts and their minds to new opportunities.

One of the quotes from the book is:

"So long as conditioning remains in the mind we cannot be secure or at peace"

Start with a blank piece of canvas and be who you want to be - it worked for me.

More to come...


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