Being your true self is a discipline

The need to slow down and be present has never been more vital. Our modern, fast-paced lifestyle exacts a great price in terms of health, relationships and peace of mind. Meditation or mindfulness offers a solution to this crazy way of living because it slows down the mind and anchors our attention in the here and now increasing focus and clarity, improving decision-making, boosting performance and releasing creativity.

Insight meditation or vipassana, which means to see things as they really are, is one of India's most ancient techniques of meditation. I’ve practiced daily since 2012 and take a 10-day silent retreat each year. Insight meditation is a step beyond mindfulness practice. Mindfulness helps calm the mind and sharpen awareness however, once the mind is deeply concentrated, the constantly changing nature of mind and matter can be observed directly within the framework of one’s own body. There is a realisation from direct experience that eveything is impermanent, all mind and matter is in a constant state of flux. This is insight meditation.

With continued daily practice, vipassana meditation dissolves the knots tied by old habits of reacting in an unbalanced way and releases more of our true nature. It builds tolerance to life’s difficulties, finding ways of dealing with them that are healthy and productive. As a result, we naturally become more balanced, wiser and happier.

Silence is the language of God, all else is poor translation.