MENTAL WELLNESS

Life-Changing Benefits of Practicing Vipassana Meditation You Should Know!

Vipassana is an important part of Buddhist Dhamma

It has been practiced since the 6th century

It teaches focus, detachment and acceptance of self

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Bajaj Finserv Health
November 19th, 2021
7 mins read

Meditation is a major part of our tradition and history. Vipassana meditation, in particular, has been around for centuries. It is an important part of the Buddhist Dhamma. It originated in the Indian subcontinent and has slowly gained global appeal. This is because more people are now aware of the many benefits of Vipassana meditation.

Vipassana meditation focuses 3 key practices, which are:

  • Centering yourself
  • Building focus
  • Being aware of your own self

During a Vipassana course, you train your mind to focus better and be calmer. This has several benefits like:

  • Increased concentration
  • Patience control
  • Stronger mental health

The act of meditation itself provides mental and physical health benefits. This is true with Vipassana as it emphasizes awareness and being present in the moment. Read on to learn more about Vipassana meditation benefits.

What is Vipassana Meditation?

Buddhism originated in the 6th century in ancient India. Dhamma is a Buddhist doctrine, and it means the ‘teachings of the Buddha’. It was passed on orally from Buddha to his followers. Vipassana is one of these teachings. The word Vipassana is derived from two root words [1]. ‘Passana’ means to see or perceive. ‘Vi’ is a prefix with a complex and layered meaning. It essentially means ‘in a special way. Put together, the word Vipassana means ‘to look at something with a precise focus’.

It is essentially a ‘quality of mind’ that you can develop through regular meditation. This is specifically linked to creating awareness. Another main focus is to help you develop the ability to see things as they truly are. Ever since the 6th century, Vipassana has guided many people and changed their lives.

Vipassana meditation technique

The main goal of Vipassana is to focus on the self. This means being able to detach from the changes and situations that occur in life. It teaches you to create a buffer between you and the situation. This helps you address life events objectively and understand different perspectives better. You gain awareness about yourself and the true reality of the things you face.

To practice Vipassana, you can apply to a residential program. A trained teacher will guide you through this type of meditation. A course generally lasts 10 days. It is different from many other types of meditation as there is no chanting or speaking involved. The entire program of 10 days is held in complete silence. This is part of the course. It is done in steps and a new step is added each day.

The goal is to build focus, concentration and to be in touch with your inner self. The cornerstones of Vipassana are:

  • Awareness of the present moment
  • Acceptance of your experiences

A study found that participants reported better well-being after a course. Their self-assessments stated significantly higher levels of physical and mental health [2].

To practice this meditation at home, follow these steps:

  • Sit in a comfortably position with your legs folded
  • Ensure that the surroundings are quiet and peaceful
  • Make sure your back is straight
  • Close your eyes and focus on your abdomen
  • Breathe naturally and feel your abdomen rise and fall
  • Be aware of this rising and falling sensation of your belly as you breathe
  • When your mind wanders, bring your attention back

End your meditation gently and try to carry the sense of awareness with you as you go about your day.

Additional Read: 7 Important Ways to Take Care of Your Mental Health

Benefits of vipassana meditation

There are many benefits of mediation, some of which are:

  • It helps you get in touch with your roots and your inner self.
    • The focus is on understanding that changes can occur and your response to them can differ based on how you are feeling. It teaches you to take things as they are and accept them. This does not mean simply accepting a situation. The goal is to strip away illusory layers and understand the truth of the matter.
  • The technique teaches you to detach from immediate emotional responses.
    • Seeing the true reality is the natural journey through Vipassana.
  • It trains you to be more aware.
  • This refers to the insight that Vipassana offers. It comes when you can really focus on what is happening right when it occurs. As you concentrate on it, you can start to feel serene and calm. It forces you to pay attention rather than be distracted by life’s many concerns.

Additional Read: Mental Health and Wellbeing: 8 Important Ways to Mentally Reset Now!

Mindfulness through Vipassana

Vipassana encourages mindful responses through detachment. The importance of mindfulness mediation comes from the feeling of tranquility. This translates into a more mindful approach to life. The more you meditate, the easier this process becomes. Mindfulness is a product of understanding. It helps you avoid reacting immediately or abruptly to things.

Wellness is an important part of a healthy mind and body. Meditation is a core part of this concept. Learn more about mental and physical well-being at Bajaj Finserv Health. Find healthcare practitioners that can help you focus your wellbeing. Put your health first and do it easily with Bajaj Finserv Health!

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