Constant worry about the future and lamenting the past leads to what Buddhist refer to as suffering. Suffering, not in the physical sense of the word, is the pernicious and continuous stream of thought that is relentless. Everyone has experienced a thought that could not be contained. Like a song that is stuck, that can’t seem to be shaken. It is like a river whose flow cannot be controlled. There is no way to stop this flow. That is the first lesson in meditation.
Vipassana is the ancient practice of mindful meditation. We will practice that here, not for the title of meditator, but for the power it holds. Here we train to become Superhuman. Rising above suffering is the truest Superpower. Practiced by focusing on the senses and their role in the body, the appearance of “I” will be removed from the mind for short periods. There is no removing this sense permanently nor would one want to. Short reprieves and enlightened moments will allow us to harness this power in the direst circumstances or just to spend a couple peaceful minutes with a clear mind.
The lasting effects of this practice lead to a more satisfied existence. An existence full of happiness, contentment, and focus. We will spend less time worrying about the future or reliving arguments long since passed. This is poison to our minds. Reliving memories other than to reflect on a lesson learned or an enjoyable time, is like experiencing that reality again. The mind knows no difference.
Do not spend your life with a mind filled with hate, loss, or jealousy. Recognize that these are part of the experience, but you can control what you want to feel, and when. This is the pure power of the mind. Harness the powers of the mind that will propel you into a better life. Remove those habits that do no improve who you are. Observe them first. Know that you are not identical to them. Rise above them. Meditate.