Monday, July 1, 2024

What is Vipassana Meditation? Goenka's 10-Day Course Explained

Goenka's 10-Day Vipassana meditation course attracts people from all backgrounds who seek an immersive, intense, and potentially life-changing experience.  Most people though, know very little about this meditation technique and the course structure before joining the course. 

I know that was my case. That's why I've decided to try to explain, in layman’s terms, what is Vipassana meditation and what exactly you do during the 10-day Vipassana meditation course.  So I hope that old and new students will find this article helpful.  
Sunday, June 2, 2024

3 Things I Hated about Goenka's 10-Day Vipassana Meditation Course

Things I Hated About Vipassana Meditation Course

Goenka's 10-day Vipassana Meditation Course can be a life-changing experience.   10 hours of meditation per day is really powerful.  But there were a few things I hated about the course, so much that I doubt I will ever try it again in the future.  
Saturday, May 25, 2024

There is No Aim in Meditation (Lessons From My 2nd Vipassana Retreat)

Lessons from Vipassana Meditation Course
Meditation hall at Dhamma Arunachala Meditation Center

I recently completed my second 10-day Vipassana meditation retreat (where you sit in silence and crossed-legged on the floor for 10 hours a day) and I gotta tell you, I was so glad when the course was over. I even started counting down the days from day five and told myself during the last few days that I would never do this course again.
Monday, February 19, 2024

I Started a NON-Gratitude Journal. It's Changed My Life

I know, everybody recommends having some form of gratitude practice like for instance a gratitude journal.  There are countless videos and blogs talking about it. There is even scientific research proving the mental and physical benefits of having a gratitude practice.  

Yet, instead of writing a gratitude journal, I've decided to keep a non-gratitude journal. Instead of focusing on what I feel grateful about I've decided to focus on what I don't feel grateful about.  
Sunday, November 12, 2023

Is Journaling More Powerful Than Meditation?

In 2016 I published this blog post: 10 Reasons Why You Should Start a Spiritual Journal Today.  With time I have become even more convinced about the benefits of journaling, or rather the Morning Pages.  But are they more powerful than meditation? 
Sunday, May 7, 2023

My 5-day Stay at a Buddhist Forest Monastery in Sri Lanka

Buddhist Forest Monastery Sri Lanka

After five months in a popular surf destination in Sri Lanka, I decided to move into a remote Buddhist forest monastery to practice meditation.  I had been dreaming about meditating in a cave for months, but I wasn't sure if the forest-dwelling monks would allow me to stay.
Monday, July 4, 2022

STOP Delaying Happiness: You can choose to be Happy TODAY

Photo by Maksym Kaharlytskyi on Unsplash

A couple of years ago my friend Sophie, who is now a Buddhist nun, asked me in a text message, "How is your happiness going, Marco?"

I didn't answer anything because the truth is that at that moment I wasn't feeling very happy. As a matter of fact, I had not been feeling happy for a very long time. And the pandemic had made matters even worst, as you can imagine.
Sunday, April 3, 2022

The Actual Difference Between Mindfulness and Meditation

difference between mindfulness and meditation
Photo by Hans Vivek on Unsplash

What is the difference between mindfulness and meditation, you may ask?

I know, it can be confusing since we often hear the terms mindfulness, mindfulness meditation, mindfulness-based meditation, or just meditation used interchangeably.

But, are they really all the same?  This is what I like to cover in this blog, starting with the definition of mindfulness and its benefits.
Monday, February 28, 2022

The Secrets of the Soham (Haṁsa) Mantra: Its Meaning, Benefits and Purpose

soham hamsa mantra meditation

One of the most common types of meditations taught in India as part of the tradition of the Indian yogis is mantra meditation.  And the most important universal mantra that anybody can use for meditation is the so'ham or haṁsa mantra. 

What's significant about this mantra is that you don't need to receive any type of initiation to practice it.  It belongs to you, to me, and to all of us.  It is a powerful mantra and its meaning, purpose, and benefits are profound.  
Sunday, October 24, 2021

Radha's Spiritual Birth at the Sivananda Ashram in Rishikesh [True Story]

Have you ever thought of visiting an ashram in India, such as the Sivananda Ashram in Rishikesh?  Maybe you are searching for authentic spiritual experiences at the feet of a true guru.  Well, before you embark on your spiritual journey let me tell you about this small book that will motivate you even more.