Vipassana 10 Day Course – Day 1

Um…4am comes very early today. I sit on my zafu and confidently get ready for the start of the first meditation of the course which starts at 4:30 am. The assistant teacher gives us our first mental exercise and we are off to the races. I’m sitting crossed legged which, in the last 4 decades I’ve sat on the floor this way a grand total of never. ?

The exercise seems easy but my mind keeps wandering away from the task every minute or so. 30 seconds to a minute of work 5-20 minutes of my mind wandering. I’ve got a total of 13 hours of meditation today so I hunker down and keep bringing my mind back to the task as soon as I notice it’s gone.

My back is killing me and my legs have been asleep most of the day. I even somehow managed to fall asleep a few times. Yes…I’m sitting cross-legged on the floor and before you ask, no, i have no idea how i accomplished this feat. But at least it explains my sore back. Being crumpled over sitting on a zafu is not something I’m used to. But the mental exercise gets easier as the day progressed.

Vipassana 10 Day Course – Day 0 (travel day)

Well, you are probably wondering what the heck Vipassana is? I was too, (as we are driving to drop me off, eap) it’s a little like joining Masonry, you have no idea what you’re in for and not really sure why you are doing it. All you really know is there are some people who have gone through the process that you respect and because of this reason, trust that everything will be OK.