What is your favorite meditation technique?
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- Vipassana doesn't involve any theistic notions.
- This technique is not forcible and hence is very natural. Observation of the mind and body is seamless as compared to other meditations that tell you to either chant mantras or regulate your breath hence making them a bit artificial and swayed away from the objective reality.
- Vipassana is not a cult or a sectarian practice. No money is demanded, and the mentors are voluntary, devoid of any material enumeration
- Once learned in the Vipassana centres, it is very easy to continue at home. It practically needs nothing than your will.
- The effects are simply astounding. As a result of me being more aware of my thoughts, I have grown to be more mindful, more observant, compassionate and more importantly less anxious about the things that are not in my immediate control. In a way, vipassana has taught me to enjoy each and every moment rather than worrying over the lost past or the unseen future.
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Observing your breath
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- better conflicts monitoring already in the early phases
- lowered intensity and frequency of negative affect
- improved positive mood states
- reduced attentional blink
- stress reduction
- alerting improvements in later phases
- easier emotion regulation
- less emotional interference by unpleasant stimuli
- easier return to emotional baseline after response to a stressor trigger
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