A Vipassana Yogi is always gradual and gentle in everything. They have to make their changes of posture gradually and gently; only then will mindfulness, concentration and insight be perfect. When rising, the yogi must do so gently like a innocent child, at the same time noting as ‘rising, rising’. Not only this: though the eye sees, the yogi must note the act of seeing. Similarly when the ear hears. While meditating, the yogi’s concern is only to observe. What he sees and hears are not his concern. So whatever strange or striking things he may see or hear, he must behave as if he does not see or hear them, merely noting them carefully.
A vipassana Yogi observe the rising and falling of the abdomen, while breathing.
Vipassana was practiced in India, 3000 years back, before Gautama Buddha. It is a ancient art. Gautama Buddha rediscovered it.
Vipassana offers self transformation through self-observation. It uses focus and diligent awareness of the moment to moment present state of being that becomes a study of the flux and constant change in all things. This observation allows sharpened and incisive awareness to be built up around the process of thoughts, habits, judgements and sensations. That in turn allows experiential knowledge to enlighten and bring understanding to the suffering and injury that one inflicts on the self and thus cultivate equanimity.
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