Vipassana, which means to see things as they really are, is one of India's most ancient techniques of meditation. It was rediscovered by Gotama Buddha more than 2500 years ago and was taught by him as a universal remedy for universal ills. This non-sectarian technique aims for the total eradication of mental impurities and the resultant highest happiness of full liberation. Healing, not merely the curing of diseases, but the essential healing of human suffering, is its purpose.
Vipassana is a way of self-transformation through self-observation. It focuses on the deep interconnection between mind and body, which can be experienced directly by disciplined attention to the physical sensations that form the life of the body, and that continuously interconnect and condition the life of the mind. It is this observation-based, self-exploratory journey to the common root of mind and body that dissolves mental impurity, resulting in a balanced mind full of love and compassion.
The scientific laws that operate one's thoughts, feelings, judgements and sensations become clear. Through direct experience, the nature of how one grows or regresses, how one produces suffering or frees oneself from suffering is understood. Life becomes characterized by increased awareness, non-delusion, self-control and peace.
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Integrated Amrita Meditation Technique®
IAM is a simple combination of yoga, pranayama and meditation that takes just 20-30 minutes a day. It is a meditation technique for modern days. The technique is a synthesis of traditional, time-tested methods suited for the current mental conditions, time-constraints and needs of modern man.
Its technique was given to Amma, world renowm spiritual teacher and humanitarian whose disciples teach the technique, free of charge, in all parts of the world. The course is usually two days long.
Through focusing on objects, sounds and sensations during meditation, our power of concentration increases. Observing our mental and vital functions, we gain awareness. Relaxing the mind removes stress. Expanding our concept of our self similarly expands our thinking in general, making us more creative.
We therefore take a meditation technique, practise it and incorporate it into our daily life.
Mindfulness is the energy of being aware and awake to the present moment. It is the continuous practice of touching life deeply in every moment of daily life. To be mindful is to be truly alive, present and at one with those around you and with what you are doing. We bring our body and mind into harmony while we wash the dishes, drive the car or take our morning shower.
Our breathing is a stable solid ground that we can take refuge in. Regardless of our internal weather- our thoughts, emotions and perceptions- our breathing is always with us like a faithful friend. Whenever we feel carried away, or sunken in a deep emotion, or scattered in worries and projects, we return to our breathing to collect and anchor our mind.
Sitting meditation is very healing. We realize we can just be with whatever is within us- our pain, anger, and irritation, or our joy, love, and peace. We are with whatever is there without being carried away by it. Let it come, let it stay, then let it go. No need to push, to oppress, or to pretend our thoughts are not there. Observe the thoughts and images of our mind with an accepting and loving eye. We are free to be still and calm despite the storms that might arise in us.
Overtime, with mindfulness in the motion our daily lives, we learn to be more aware of others’ needs, our surroundings and the repercussions of our actions. We also aim reduce the amount of times we might say “where’s my keys?” or “I have lost my phone” or “I’ve forgot what I wanted to say…”
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METTA (loving kindness), KARUNA (compassion), MUDITA (sympathetic joy), UPPEKA (equanimity) are what the Buddha described as the four states of LOVE.
Metta….loving kindness for oneself and others… is the first of the four Brahmaviharas. According to Buddhist tradition, those who cultivate mettā will be happy and at ease because they see no need to harbour ill will or hostility. They do not water the seed of negativity. Radiating mettā is thought to contribute to a world of love, peace and happiness. When you love purely and understand the true depth and simplicity of loving kindness you cannot hurt or be hurt..you cannot be part of war, nor manipulate the Earth.
The object of Metta meditation is loving kindness without attachment. Traditionally, the practice begins with the meditator cultivating loving kindness towards themselves, then their loved ones, friends, teachers, strangers, enemies, and finally towards all sentient beings. It is a technique which allows us to recall and heal wounds of the past, see our childhood traumas and witness fears, sadness, guiltiness, anger and let go. In working with these layers, we are able to see the darkness (faces, places, sick people, dying, exploited Earth) and truly forgive. Our core issues are usually based on accepting the relationship with and choices made by our parents. This meditation practice can be an open and a close to any spiritual practice and is also nice to begin and finish the day with.