The Vipassana a Blog: One Day to go

August 25, 2014

We leave for our Vipasana retreat tomorrow.

Its a strange feeling to be so close to the end of the journey.

Its a journey that started at least 40 years ago. I remember we had gone to Jaipur for a visit. While most people love the touristy part of the Pink City, I fell in love with a remote part of the city, right at the outskirts, a place called Galta. We drove to the Galtaji temple on top of  a hillock; on the way back I noticed a meditation centre with the words Vipassana written on it. I found out that it was a ten day silence retreat, and the information was filed away in my mind for future reference.

I wanted to do the retreat, the seed was planted, but while I lived in India, I never found the time. Ten days is a lot to take out of your life when you have young kids and a business to run. The thought of Vipassana was pushed to the back of my mind.

When our family emigrated to North America it took a few years to settle down. The thought of Vipassana moved even further back.Our kids grew up and got married. By the strangest of co-incidences, my daughters in-laws were very much into Vipassana and told us all about it. They are wonderfully calm and serene people;they have done Vipassana retreats again and again.

With this motivation,my wife and I finally decided to take the plunge. These things really work out, in mysterious ways. We found a Vipassana centre just an hour,s drive from Ottawa,where we live. Now that we are empty nesters, we have the time and the opportunity to do this.

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