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Global Frolic is Taking a Break

by Emma May 6, 2014 4 comments

Vipassana

to see things how they really are

Praying

A Public Service Announcement

This is for all my lovely readers. I’m engaging in a cease and desist of mental actions for a while. A Global Frolic holiday-from-life.

The Vipassana tradition is one of India’s most ancient forms of meditation, taught 2,500 years ago as a universal remedy for ills. It is a way of self transformation through self observation.

I will be taking part in a 10 day Vipassana beginning tomorrow May 7 in Jakarta, Java at one of the many Dhamma Vipassana Centres. Each participant vows to take a “noble silence” of body, soul and mind. Remaining silent enhances the meditations, which occur over about 10 hours each day.

Why?

I am taking this vow of silence and meditation to help clear myself. To learn how to deal with what arises within me. Many times in my travels I feel as though I want to help others, help their situations and feel a call to understand their plight. However, you cannot help anyone until you help yourself. I cannot aid anyone else on this planet until I learn how to observe and explore my mind and thoughts, to disperse discontentment and return with a balanced mind.

This, of course, will mean I am taking a break from my duties as contributor and founder of this website. I will not take photographs, write, read, move, frolic, surf, adventure or edit during the course. The only actions I will be performing are meditation and eating. This is to make sure that the change brought about is from the Vipassana techniques and not extraneous activities.

Everything will resume on May 18th. See you then.

To learn more about Vipassana, check out their webpage and FAQ. Stay tuned for my inevitable return and reactions to the course and teachings.

See you on the other side,

Or is it the same side?

4 comments

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4 comments

Amanda May 6, 2014 at 11:39 am

How much does something like this cost? I’ll wait for the answer until you surface again. lol

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Emma May 6, 2014 at 11:45 am

Amanda, I haven’t started yet, flying there in about 6 hours. There is no cost. The entire course is free at all Dhamma Vipassana Centres. It is funded by donations of students who have completed the course and feel that it is necessary that the teachings continue. So it literally is only continued as long as it’s successful. Quite an interesting concept. Check out the website, it’s really interesting.

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pluning May 11, 2014 at 11:24 am

I am planning on doing the same course in Yosemite in October! I am both very scared and excited. Look forward to hearing how it goes.

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doylee129 May 22, 2014 at 12:35 am

Paul, it is life changing. I will be writing on it shortly, just need to sort myself out first. I’ve heard the Yosemite Centre is incredible.

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