Well today is Wednesday and I am perched on the diving board getting ready to jump into my mind. I decided that I would need to finish off some work before I go, so I visited one of the factories, I have seen a couple of clients and then Rie picked me up, car loaded with my camping gear and we were off to Vipassana Lancashire for my ten day boot camp.
For the next ten days it will be up at 4am to begin the days meditation and on through the day with one hour and two hour meditations until 9.00pm. The day is guided and support is there, but from the outset it is a world of silence and stillness so that although there are over one hundred people, there is no conversation and no distraction from your inner voice.
From passed experience it goes something like this. First day is about getting your bearings and settling in. Day two the crisis begins. By that I mean that all the emotional baggage in your inner mental cupboard comes out to say hello. Everything that has not been dealt with and avoided demands attention and resolution. This can lead to several days of difficult emotional processing.
The magic of the silence is that there can be no avoidance in discussion all that is within needs to be faced. Although this can be a difficult process it allows for a cleaning, clearing and renewal. Round about day five or six there has been enough cleared to allow you to sit in peace and really begin to meditate.
As I am about to dive into my mind for the next ten days I have some hesitation, I know that there will be difficult stuff to deal with but I also know that I will get to the point of peace and stillness.
So deep breath, I am diving, see you in eleven days.