Vipassanawhich means to see things as they really are, is one of India's most ancient techniques of meditation.
Jodi Ettenberg Then, on day five, I hit peak spider. Just before bed, I caught a glimpse of a bulbous black spider in my peripheral vision, dropping out of a tiny hole near the ceiling. Unlike the many spiders on the veranda, this one was huge.
I leapt out of bed in a panic. Every time I tried to reach the spider, it would crawl in the hole again and disappear. Vipassana meditation left the light on, drifting off only to dream about spiders and wake up breathless.
Finally I shut the light decisively. At 2am, I awoke to a feeling of deep alarm and turned the light back on.
The spider was dropping from the ceiling, right above my head. Gasping, I fell sideways out of the bed. The spider, as startled as I, hastily clawed its way back toward the ceiling. I watched in horror as it spent the rest of the night eating other spiders in my room.
I did not sleep at all. I fantasized about flinging off my pillows and running through the hall, screaming like a banshee Studies have shown that people who are blind or deaf have heightened ability in other bodily senses. I felt a small, temporary version of this phenomenon at the course.
I could not speak or write, but my mind was whirring away at an alarming speed. Trapped in a cognitive cycle of shame and blame, my phobia of spiders was magnified.
The next day, I swallowed my pride and broke my noble silence. I begged the female volunteer leader to let me switch rooms. At that point in the course several people had left, and I was able to move to a different cabin.
For the rest of the week, as everyone else sat on the grass enjoying the sun between sessions, I stayed in my room, too scared to leave. A friend once said that in life, worrying ahead of time was futile, because what you are scared of never manifests.
Instead, what you least expect creeps up behind you and scares you out of your mind.A Brutally Honest Review of My Day Silent Meditation Retreat.
My slow spiral into insanity and inner peace.
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