How are you? No, really, how are you?
Thank you so much for sharing your time with me by reading this letter. I appreciate it and I appreciate hearing back from you too.
It has been some months since I’ve written, and a lot has happened which required my focus and time for me to reflect. In March I went on a ten day Vipassana Silent Meditation retreat in Worcester, Western Cape. It’s an experience I would recommend for anyone who wants a better and deeper relationship with themselves and their mind.
Vipassana, which means to see things as they really are, is one of India’s most ancient meditation techniques. The Vipassana meditation technique focuses on awareness, where one simply observes their inner self. Instead of consciously trying to control the mind, one simply observes the thoughts and patterns.
This was an intense experience for me. It gave me an opportunity to really look inward, where I got to sit with my discomfort (literally and figuratively), observe it and let it go. Or at least learn to let go. Not easy!
Through this meditation, my mind started opening doors to rooms I had shut. It started to release tensions and complex thoughts that I had hidden in an attempt to forget and not deal with the experiences because they were either too painful to bear or because I had attached guilt and shame to them for so long that I was held captive in the depths of my unconscious mind.
When I arrived at the Centre I was an insomniac, a slave to my mind. However, because of the commitment I have made to myself to become a better version of myself – the God created version of who I truly am – I persisted and worked through the discomfort.
I left the Centre less judgemental and more tolerant, less anxious and, most importantly, more present. It’s a gift I would like to give myself more often, because I understand that growth, evolution and ascension are all gradual processes in my search for Pure Awareness, Presence, Love, and Truth.
This Vipassana Silent Meditation experience greatly advanced my appreciation of time, of staying in the present moment and being aware. As a result, I have come to understand the value of time differently. I now try to be more intentional about how I invest my time, my emotions, my focus, my energy.
In an article on www.forwardtimes.com I read that time is the “conscious reality we experience between birth and death”, and that “one’s consciousness is the sum total of ‘time,’ as we know it spent in the body we currently inhabit”. Should we not then be mindful of how we spend our time?
We all think we have time, but truly we have no idea when our final hour will be. I believe it is imperative that we become more present, using every moment to rise into the embodiment of who we really want to be, who we really are – extensions of God.
Recently I was watching a video by Sadhguru, and he said something that further elevated my understanding of how precious time is. He said: “All that truly matters is the profoundness of experience and impact of our lives.” I will leave you with that.
To you I send love and light.