Meditation is a simple practice that helps you stop your thoughts, relax and refill with energy. As far as Vipassana meditation is concerned, it makes you very sensitive. If you practice it, you become as quiet as a still lake. It is this stillness that makes you so sensitive. Usually, the greater part of your energy drifts away and you get exhausted. When you just sit doing nothing you become a quiet lake of energy, and this lake is getting bigger and bigger. It almost reaches the point where it can overflow. And then you become susceptible. You start to feel your sensitivity and even sexuality, as if all your feelings have become fresh, young, alive as if dust has fallen off you, or you have just taken a shower or got out of a bath.
What should you do?
Find a comfortable place where you can stay for 45-60 minutes. It’s beneficial if for Vipassana you sit in the same place and time every day. And this place does not really have to be quiet. Experiment till you find a position which makes you feel most comfortable. You may practice once or twice a day, but do not meditate earlier than one hour before meals or later than one hour before sleep. During meditation, it is important to keep both your head and back straight. Your eyes must be closed. A low chair for meditation, an armchair or pillows will be a lot of help. In Vipassana meditation, there is no special breathing technique, just a usual breath.
Sitting silently, start to observe your breath. The easiest way to observe it is to keep attention on your nostrils. When you inhale, feel how the air touches your nostrils. Observe it in that place. The touch of the air is easier to observe. The breathing will be too light. So, at first, observe this touch. The inhalation is taking place, and you can feel it. Observe it. Then follow it where it leads you. You will discover the point where it stops. Somewhere it just stops. It stops somewhere at one point for a short moment. Then it goes out again. You can now follow it, feel the touch, the breath going out of your nose. Follow it as it leads you outside and you will find again the point where it stops. And so the cycle repeats.
Vipassana is not a practice of concentration. And you do not need to observe your breath during the whole time. When you hear sounds or you feel smells, air movement or when thoughts and feelings appear, let your attention focus on them. Everything that takes place can be observed like clouds floating in the sky – you do not get attached to them, nor do you reject them. When you have the choice what to observe, pay your attention to your breath. Be aware of your breath. Remember that nothing special must happen. There is no success, no defeat. There are no achievements either.
Vipassana meditation is meant to help you relax, revitalize and refresh.