Last weekend, I participated in the one day Chan meditation retreat.
I love to spend time to join the retreat, it was excellence to be in silence, I treat the retreat like a great vacation to spend a quality time with myself, to have a total relaxation, to look inward and enjoying the breathing. What a bliss moment in life!
The most important thing are to be relaxed and aware during meditation. Always remember that you want nothing, no expectation and no dependent.
We might use the method of counting in and out breath from one to ten. Some might think that it’s so simple, a small kid also know how to do the calculation. However, once you are in the sitting meditation, you might discover that you are actually lost count even from second count. Your mind already wander to past and future. Don’t punish yourself when you are lost count, instead treat this as motivation, think about it. In daily life, you might not even have a chance to aware your wandering thoughts in your mind.
Once you lost count, just start from one…. then, continue your practice. Be relax, enjoy the sitting and breathing!
Some might complain that they need to endure tremendous suffering from leg pain and numbness, they can’t focus on the meditation. What they want the most? The bell ring, so they can stop from the sitting meditation. One of good remedy, to practice daily and start to do stretching exercise. It’s help a lot.
From my personal experience, I practice yoga and sitting meditation daily, as such, I am able to overcome the pain and numbness after a period of time.
One of the interesting sharing from my friend, she was the meditation practitioner, she had overcome the pain and numbness. However, during the retreat, her mind was full of thoughts that she might suffer from pain as she need to sit for a full day. To her surprise, she suffered a severe leg pain that she never experience before from the 1 session of sitting meditation until the last session.
“The mind is everything. What you think you become.”
As such, be mindful on all your thoughts!
Before you go for any retreat, it’s great to have a good night sleep, it’s improve the quality of meditation.
Some of people who are lack of sleep, they can’t even sit properly, they are too sleepy, what they want the most? To have a good sleep!
Give yourself a chance to discover the beauty of meditation and give yourself a great vacation by joining the retreat.
“Meditation is not to escape from society, but to come back to ourselves and see what is going on. Once there is seeing, there must be acting. With mindfulness, we know what to do and what not to do to help.”
by Thich Nhat Hanh