A step by step description of what happens when you meditate. A few things:

  • Vipassana is The Buddha’s prescription for “realising” meaning, not so much as watching your breath. It’s more about an investigation rather than passive observation. Hence transformative.
  • Food restriction is personal choice, I haven’t come across anything in the literature of meditation or Buddhist meditation about it.
  • Many people find it comfortable to lie down and meditate. When you do that, feel your position and the contact of your body with the ground. You can do great body scan while lying down.
  • If you find it hard to meditate, do a body scan. As Allan Wallace writes in Genuine Happiness, start imagining a five centimetre space on the top of your head and feel sensations that arise there while counting 21 breaths paying attention as the breath flows. Then move around this attention of five centimetre space around the body. Try this. It really helps.

Associate Professor of Epidemiology and Environmental Health at the University of Canterbury, New Zealand. Also in: https://refind.com/arinbasu

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