This Saturday I am doing a one day meditation course which is a follow up available only to students who have previously sat the 10-day Vipassana course like I did back in June. I have to admit that my meditation practice following the course has really slipped and fallen into non-existence. I try to start and end my yoga practice with a bit of meditation but that 5 or 10 minutes is really not cutting it. I am hoping that this course will renew my dedication and get my bum back on that cushion even if it is only for a few hours each week.
Unlike the 10-day course schedule that included a 4am wake up (*shudder*), the 1-day is a much shorter day and I think should be fairly easy. I say that now, but I am actually quite nervous to see how it goes.
|9:30 – 10:00 a.m||Arrive / Registration|
|10:00 – 10:40 a.m.||Course Opening – Anapana Instructions|
|10:40 – 10:50 a.m.||Break|
|10:50 – 11:50 a.m.||Anapana Practice|
|11:50 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.||Break|
|12:00 – 12:50 p.m.||Vipassana Instructions|
|12:50 – 1:20 p.m.||Lunch Break & Interviews with Assistant Teacher(s)|
|1:20 – 2:20 p.m.||Vipassana Practice|
|2:20 – 2:30 p.m.||Break|
|2:30 – 3:30 p.m.||Group Sitting|
|3:30 – 3:40 p.m.||Break|
|3:40 – 4:25 p.m.||Discourse & Metta – Course Closing|
|4:25||Clean Up, Information Table|
Piece of cake, right? Well no, I actually don’t think it will be at all. I am quite nervous about how I will find sitting still for long periods of time after not having done it for a long time. I am worried about my monkey brain bouncing all over the place.
I am worried about… I am trying to replace all of the fear and anxiety with curiosity, and in that sense I am extremely curious to see how the day will go.
Metta which you see in the 3:40-4:25 time slot basically refers to the meditation practice of sending out positive energy and good wishes to all beings in the universe, so if you feel a little extra bounce in your step around that time maybe it’s Metta coming to say hello! :)