Monday, March 23, 2015

stress

This week I didn't have much spare time to work on my project, much less spare time to meditate.  It was surprising to me to see how much it affected my attitude during the rest of my day.  I hadn't really realized how much less built up stress I have since beginning to meditate, and not having time to spend not thinking about a test or a project really made me feel bogged down.  It makes me happy that this project has helped me to become a less stressed person, and that I will continue to benefit from it past just my 20 time this year.

Monday, March 9, 2015

Dhamma Brothers

This weekend I watched a documentary on Vipassana meditation, the ten day part of my trip that will be spent in silence and extensive meditation.  The documentary was called Dhamma Brothers, and followed a group of prisoners in a maximum security prison in Alabama that went through a vigorous Vipassana program.  Seeing the struggle the men went through during the silence and contemplation makes me wonder if I am mentally strong enough to go through Vipassana.  Though the struggle is intimidating, the outcome looks hugely successful.  Seeing hardened criminals become introspective, calm people makes me hopeful that my own meditation will be a meaningful and lasting part of my life.