Putting it into practice

Posted on May 3, 2012

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One of the things I love most about Vipassana meditation is that it’s just so pragmatic. Sure this is a 2500 year old technique. But so much of what I’ve learned is directly applicable to my everyday life. The lessons I’ve learned in Vipassana will probably continue to serve me forever. Which is why I’m sharing them here, with you. Maybe they’ll resonate with you as well.  {Although I’m sure this type of meditation holds personalized, individualized lessons for each person.}

So, one of the first things I learned when I started this meditation is that I don’t need to talk so damn much. The world will be more than fine without me inserting my opinions, observations and judgments into every golden piece of silence. Maybe, when you read my post on this, you thought-Yeah, maybe I don’t need to talk so much, either.

Being a good listener is certainly a rare trait to find in a person. If that’s the case, I’m glad to have you joining me in my personal goal of less gab. I’m excited to see what happens in the spaces where I consciously choose to keep my mouth shut. 

But maybe you’re not the chatty type at all. In fact, maybe if you sat for ten days in silent meditation, you’d realize that you have a lot of thoughtful, insightful things to say that you often keep to yourself. Maybe you’d realize that whatever it is that’s holding you back from talking is actually quite imprisoning in a way.

Perhaps it’s time for you to speak up. It may be time to stop holding back and share yourself a little more with the world. 

Whatever the lesson may be for you, personally, it will be interesting to see what happens when the gabbers gab a little less and those silent types start to speak up. 

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