Struggle and keep at it. There is no getting away from this fact. So if you want to be good at something, do it for 12 hours a day, for 10 days at least!
We realised that stillness both of the body and mind is a wonderful tool. We live under the constant assault of mobile phones, internet and mass media, so much external stimulation, but when we come to a stop, then we release a repressed flow of internal stimuli, resulting in ideas, inspiration, and profound clarity. It teaches you to stop thinking and start feeling.
That answers come from within, and there is a particular uncertainty to the process. There is no final answer, no expert as we are both teacher and student.
Sometimes we need a breakdown before we can break through.
When face with a difficult or unpleasant situation, we could respond with compassion and patience.
Discovering the automatic ways that our mind had been trained to work without our conscious involvement, and how important it is to begin to master our internal dialogue from one driven by ego and self-absorption to that of an observer with a purposeful vocabulary.
Become aware of what we convey with and without words.
All truth can be found in the intuition of our body, so we need to pay attention to the physical sensations and experience the world through the body.
Constant change is the only thing we can ever be sure about - the constant arising and passing away of sensations and situations.
Our obsession with and anticipation of the future instead of understanding that we can only solve a problem when faced with the reality of it, and we must trust ourselves to make the right decision.
And finally, no one can teach us how to be ourselves. Or even how to live in this moment, or how to listen to our bodies....These are things we have to learn for ourselves. So keep searching, exploring. Keep living. And if you feel ready for your own Vipassana experience, then explore courses www.dhamma.org.
Author: Raji Menon Prakash