Meditation For Inner Peace

Posted on January 02, 2015

How to Use Vipassana to Calm Your Mind and Trust Your Life

There’s no doubt we all have stress in our lives — the important thing is how you deal with it. With so many options for stress relief it can be hard to choose one that’s safe and healthy. But there is one option that will never steer you wrong ... and that’s mediation!

Meditation has been used for thousands of years for its multitude of mental and physical health benefits. One of the most helpful results of meditation is that it clears the mind of anxiety, stress, and frustration. Once your mind is free of these negative emotions, you have more room for love, compassion, and peace.

By simply sitting quietly and relaxing, you too can calm your mind and free yourself of negativity. Sure, meditation takes a bit of practice to feel that sense of deep mental ease, but the only real mistake you can make is not giving it a try!

There are many different styles of meditation — and they’re all beneficial — but right now we’re going to take a look at one many people believe the Buddha himself practiced: Vipassana.

How is Vipassana Different?

Vipassana is thought to be the oldest form of meditation. The word means “to see things as they really are” or “insight into the true nature of reality”. It’s also referred to as insight or mindfulness meditation.

While meditating in the Vipassana style, the goal is to become completely and totally aware of yourself, your surroundings, and reality itself. You want to obtain a clear awareness of exactly what is happening as it happens.

When Vipassana meditation is done properly, you’ll be able to note every detail of your mental and physical experience from moment to moment, without judging it. The result is the elimination of physical and mental pain, purification of the mind, and a stable happiness that is unaffected by moods or outside circumstances.

If you’re worried your mind will wander too much, you’re not alone! Even experts in meditation have trouble focusing once in a while. There’s no reason to let it bother you — just recognize that your mind went off track and get back to your meditation.

Give It A Try!

Whether you’ve been meditating in a different style for years or you’ve never tried it at all, Vipassana could be your answer to inner peace. Different types of meditation work better for different people, but practicing Vipassana has led many to complete liberation. Could you be one of them? You’ll never know unless you give it a shot!

Have you ever tried Vipassana? What about any other types of meditation? Did it help? Let us know in the comments below!

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