Vipassana: The Timeless Secret to Meditate and Be Calm

Shonali Sabherwal’s fourth book focuses on meditation, mindfulness and enlightenment. Do you wish to sharpen your awareness? Train your mind to observe your thoughts and emotions? This book is for anyone looking to start meditating. It shows you how to control the highs and lows in life and take charge of your happiness. It teaches you how to occupy a state of equanimity and be present in the moment. Take that step towards self-evolution.

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Why use Vipassana Meditation as a technique to be happy

Vipassana is a meditation technique that has existed for over 2500 years. It has been an integral part of my life for twenty-five years. When I look back at my life, the single activity that has saved me from going through the highs and lows of my life (and yes, I mention highs here) has been the techniques of Vipassana meditation. It’s also an activity I have engaged in daily for 1 hour every morning.

Our goal in life is to be happy, no matter what the circumstances around us. It is also to cultivate an attitude and also live with ‘grace.’ At least that has always been the goal of my life. My definition of pursuing happiness is different from anyone else’s definition or even yours. In my first paragraph, I have said Vipassana has helped me go through my highs as well; this is because as a meditation technique it teaches us to be ‘equanimous’ and not be attached to the moments of being in a state of high or low.

My view of life

The book, Vipassana: The Timeless Secret to Meditate and Be Calm asks the larger questions of life: Who are you? What is consciousness? What is destiny? How does the brain think?

It leans on a theory that I have leaned on all my life and ascribe to. That of the ‘journey of the hero’ the way Joseph Campbell put it forth. I feel I have lived my life to this point, internalizing this technique and now letting it permeate my life in every way. The book seeks to help someone who wants to start meditating, but also helps the people who are trying to understand how to come to terms with questions of what is the meaning of our existence? Just like the Buddha questioned it and then came to an understanding of living one’s life with Vipassana meditation.

Why is it relevant to the World?

We, humans, are constantly in a state of push and pull. The world outside holds us under its spell with social media, constant stimuli from our phones, media, the environmental pressures: jobs/personal, the pandemic, stress on countries, nations, and so much more. How do we establish our moral compass and peace in all of it?

A technique like Vipassana is needed not just for a few people, but for the human race as a whole just to rise above their limitations.

Where does one start?

Vipassana: The Timeless Secret to Meditate and Be Calm has something for everyone and helps one enter that ‘grey area’ which exists between a stimulus and response. We all have an ‘awareness’ that needs to be sharpened. This is the ‘grey area.’ This is the space where possibilities exist and things can begin to happen. This is the area that Vipassana meditation helps you access. It starts with engaging in observing our breath (Anapana) meditation. Just normal natural breath as is, with no manipulation. That’s as simple as it is. You can view it as a meditation book for beginners, or even someone wanting to understand the subject of consciousness and where we stand or you already meditate but want to have a better understanding of the subject of meditation. I have used my own story to make you understand how I internalize it in my life.

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