The wings of the hummingbird
The swing of the warrior’s sword
The water from the tallest fall
The force of advancing gall
When it reacts at everything small
The mind hops faster than all.
But instead when the mind makes
A choice to only observe the stakes
The agitation, the angst, the anger
The commotion, and the will to meander
None but inner peace it brings forth
For a needle that always points North.
Vipassana, which means to see things as they really are, is one of India’s most ancient techniques of meditation. It was rediscovered by Gautama Buddha more than 2500 years ago. Vipassana is a way of self-transformation through self-observation. It focuses on the deep interconnection between mind and body, which can be experienced directly by disciplined attention to the physical sensations that form the life of the body, and that continuously interconnect and condition the life of the mind. It is this observation-based, self-exploratory journey to the common root of mind and body that dissolves mental impurity, resulting in a balanced mind full of love and compassion.