Diaries, Hypnotherapy, Self-Improvement

The Power of Intention

(中文版在最下方) I was sitting in downtown Sunnyvale’s coffee shop early this morning, next to a wide-open window so I can feel the breeze from the wind, the cool crisp fresh air, the old love song playing in the shop with my hot coffee, and I can see the street path closed-off with lots of booths were setting up because it is the Art and Wine Festival this weekend. At that moment, I truly felt that life is good, so many things to be grateful for, and I haven’t had this type of feeling for so long. I know I have got out of the dark tunnel finally.

On top of that, I start seeing the power of the intention.

Lately, I keep thinking about what I want in life at this point forward, and what is my goal for my healing biz. I went through a lot in life (I know there are many people had a worse life than mine; however, there is no need to compare pain unless you are trying to diminish someone’s pain existence which is not my goal here), and the last 5 years were the worsed; however, it also teaches me the greatest life lessons that I wouldn’t have learned otherwise. For that, I thank myself for not giving up although I have thought about it a few times. I am also very thankful for those family and friends who have been there all these years for me.

So I would like to return the favor and paying forward.  I said to the universe that I want to let more people know about the power and the benefits of the Sound Healing and Hypnotherapy, and use these two modalities among other things that I know or have learned to help others to heal themselves from whatever trauma that they have been through. I ask the universe to help me and guide me to find a way to get into all big high-tech companies’ wellness program for their hard-working employees who live in a high-stress life.  I believe the universe will make that happen.

And all of sudden, I have four new clients from Yelp booked appointments within two weeks. On top of that, I got an email from the Intuit‘s Wellness and Lifestyle Expo organizer who offer me to hosting a booth and educate their employees about my services and get the opportunity to book new clients on site. Intuit has 2500 employees and expect 500 would attend the event. I take it as a sign that the universe is responding to my intention.

Plus, possibly to do workshops with acupuncturists with Sound Bath (where I got that idea from).

By the way, if you are a yoga instructor specialize in either Yin yoga, Restorative yoga, yoga Nidra or you lead meditation, please contact me.  I would like to create a workshop together.

Or if you are interested to host a Sound Bath for your special private event, let me know.

Stanford’s Health Improvement Program has a regular Sound Immersion event at the Graduate Community Center.

Thank you for the universe, the God, the Buddha, the higher power, whatever that is, Thank you for helping me so I can help others.  I wish everyone can live in a healthy and happy life.

 

今天一大早我一個人坐在Sunnyvale市中心的一家咖啡館靠窗的位子, 窗戶敞開, 我可以感受到涼爽的微風吹在我臉上, 呼吸著新鮮的空氣, 咖啡廳裡放熟悉的老情歌, 我正享受著香氣撲鼻的熱拿鐵. 我看著窗外正在準備的攤位, 原來這二天剛好是Sunnyvale的藝術和美酒節. 在這個當下, 我真心感受到生命的美好, 有好多事是值得心存感恩的, 而我已經許久不曾有這樣的感覺, 這讓我知道, 我已經走出那個黑暗的隧道了.

而且, 我開始感受到 “意念” 的力量.

最近我一直在想我接下來的歲月想要過什麼樣的人生, 還有我對我的療癒工作的目標是什麼. 我這一路上經歷過許多 (我知道有很多人有比我更痛苦更慘的經歷, 但我無意與他人的痛苦比較, 因為痛苦是真實的, 比較的心態似乎有貶低痛苦的事實, 其實沒有意義, 也不是我的目的). 在過去的五年是我最痛苦的時候, 但也教會我許多人生很寶貴的一些事情, 如果沒有這些經歷, 有可能我沒機會學會. 為此, 我要感謝自己, 這一路走來沒有放棄自己 (雖然我考慮過幾次). 我也非常感謝這一路相伴的親朋好友.

所以我希望能回饋, 我過去接受過別人的幫助, 現在我希望我也有能力幫助別人. 我向老天許願, 希望能讓更多人知道頌缽音療和催眠的力量和好處, 讓我用我所學所知的東西來幫助別人, 讓他們也能從過去的傷痛當中慢慢療癒自己. 我請老天幫忙, 引領我找到一個管道或方式進入各大科技公司的Wellness Program, 來幫助那些身處高壓工作環境的員工, 我相信老天會實現我的願望的.

結果沒幾天, 我突然收到四位預約音療和催眠的新客戶, 然後收到一封來自主辦Intuit Wellness & Lifestyle Expo的電郵, 邀請我參加, 讓我介紹和教育Intuit的員工有關我的音療和催眠. Intuit有二千五百位員工, 預計五百位會參加Expo, 我把這突如其來的機會當做老天聽到我的許願了.

另外, 我正在和幾位中醫師討論合辦針灸和音療的活動.

如果你是瑜珈老師, 或是靜坐老師, 有興趣和我一起合辦活動的話, 請和我聯絡.

如果你有興趣聘請我去幫你做一個私人的Sound bath, 也請聯絡我.

史丹佛的改善健康的活動中有一個固定的音療活動.

感謝老天, 神明, 看不見得更大力量, 不管是什麼, 我都感謝你的幫助. 我希望每個人都過著健康快樂的生活.

Education, Vibrational Sound Therapy

[頌缽音療] Atma Buti Sound and Vibrational School in Boulder, CO.

Vibrational Sound Association2017年八月底所開的課程是我第一個Sound Therapy課程, 從此以後就愛上了頌缽音療, 這一年多來也幫不少朋友和客人做療程, 體驗過的人個個讚賞. 今年初我在East West Bookstore看到一本How To Heal With Singing Bowls的書, 才知道Boulder, CO有一間Atma Buti Sound and Vibrational School, 於是上官網查個仔細.

Atma Buti ® is a Sanskrit word and that translates to Soul Medicine, 創辦人Suren Shrestha來自尼泊爾, 他跟頌缽的因緣從1999年開始, 頌缽音療從2003年開始, 在2009年出版了第一本書 (已被翻譯成韓文, 日文, 義大利文), 所有來自書籍和部分的教學收入都直接捐助尼泊爾的Orphanage Projects 來幫助貧困的小孩受教育.

因為時間剛好連續, 所以想一口氣拿完Level I, II, III (後面還有Level IV and V, 但日期不同, 得擇期再來), 但是我掙扎了很久, 因為學費+住宿+伙食+租車, 一週下來的費用可觀, 思考了幾個月, 為了增進自己好幫助別人, 眼睛閉著就報名了. (六月份還有Level IV and V, 各三天, 但分二週)

這是我第一次來Colorado (寬闊又綠), 第一次住Airbnb (好經驗), 第一次租車開KIA 2020年份的新車 (才開了600 miles), 一共有14位學生 (據說以往都十位左右), 來自美國各地 (有幾位原本來自尼泊爾, 台灣, 印度, 日本, 英國, 葡萄牙, 但都在美國住很多年了), 有幾位是因為看了書後報名課程, 有幾位是參加Tucson’s Gem Show遇到Suren Shrestha的頌缽攤位後報名課程, 總之, 大家會一起在這裡上課絕不是巧合, 會坐在誰旁邊也都是老天安排好的 (我左邊的同學有冬天憂鬱症, 我右邊的同學住的Airbnb離我不遠).

Level I 的第一天基本上就是把要拿證書的規定講一遍, 然後同學自我介紹, 把我們面前的玩具一一介紹. 第二天學習Rubing bowls and move it around at the same time, 不太容易, 需要多練習才會熟練. 有些缽會比某些缽要容易擦響.

想像一下你身體裡面的水跟我放在你身上的頌缽共震的情況, 你不覺得很神奇嗎?

Level II 便開始教不同頌缽的排列組合, 來因應不同狀況, 上面是單純放鬆, 開第三眼, 和平衡脈輪的排列, 結合銅鈴, 則有不同的敲法順序.

老師講解完後, 我們分組練習, 一組三人. 這些按摩床的外圍都有經過加工, 才有辦法放那麼多個缽. 我可能選擇改用幾張小的折疊桌, 方便收納和攜帶.

今晚剛好是滿月, 所以加開一場滿月的Sound Concert. 真的超舒服, 好睡的.

隔天早上Suren Shrestha解釋他的頌缽排法和敲法, 然後讓大家輪流嘗試和練習. 下午學著缽裡放點熱水, 放在身上滑動和Rubing.

Level III 教幾種專門針對清理/平衡脈輪, 處理情緒 (壓力, 憂鬱症, 負面能量), 身體病痛 (關節炎, 高血壓), 以及雙缽同時滑缽(Rubbing)的深度放鬆等不同頌缽組合排列.

結業了!!!

在Boulder, CO的一週, 從80F一路下降到35F下雪, 還好我有帶一件厚外套, 加上多數時間都在室內, 不過還是覺得一週天氣變化的落差之大, 很不可思議.

我買了一組七個的脈輪缽, 都是我一個一個挑選出來的, 用Tuner去測試每一個缽, 確保每一個音對照脈輪都是準確的, 然後七個缽敲起來的音調也符合耳朵的舒適. 花了好幾個小時的時間挑選啊. 我另外還精心挑選了三個不同大小的心輪缽回來, 只賣給有緣人囉!!!

Self-Improvement

錢神 – 謝明杰

「錢神」- 謝明杰

金錢是正面滴,因為有金錢可以做更多更多的事情,那我要做些什麽,我才能擁有高收入?我要擁有什麽樣的信念,價值觀,我才能夠擁有高收入?我要建立什麽樣的心靈系統,我才能夠用高收入?

這些都應該是一個人正要向上攀升時在頭腦裏面會轉的問題。而不是一天到晚抱怨:「哎呀,我的錢不夠了,我現在缺的錢要去哪邊找啊,哎呀,這個小孩好煩吶,這個學費怎麽辦吶,還有家裏面老婆又跟我吵架氣死啦…」你每天腦袋裏面都裝垃圾卻希望他能夠給你變出黃金?你真的是在做夢,而且不用媽祖託夢好不好,真的是在做夢。

其實,要有金手指,有一個很核心的問題就是:「你覺得你自己值多少?」如果你今天要把你自己放到市場上去。拍賣你自己,給自己定個價位,你覺得你自己值多少,不要亂回答哦,我知道你可以亂回答:「20億美金。」20億美金,對不起啊,不會有人買單,不會有人買單,為什麽?因為你不是麥克傑克森。你不是比爾蓋茨或者是賈伯斯。

我們面臨一個很實際的問題,如果今天把你明碼標價,扔到市場上去賣。你覺得你可以賣多少。如果你覺得你自己的價碼不會太高,恭喜你!通常我會說這叫自知之明,因為當年我也是價格很爛好不好。然後我做一件事情,就開始努力充實自己,裝備自己。我每天很早起床運動鍛鍊身體,我每天大量的閱讀,大量的學習。

千萬不要說這個我不會那個我不會。真是人生什麽都會,就只有兩樣不會,這個也不會,那個也不會。他媽的不會就去學!因為你能夠得到的收入,都是你能產出的價值,都是你能夠帶給這個世界的貢獻,如果你只是一個上班族,你的貢獻是你個人的時間,個人的精神,個人的專業,那個東西不值錢,或者說那個東西能夠值的錢很少,所以那是老板願意支付的錢,而因為你的選擇,你只好欣然接受。但當不足的時候,當欲望增加的時候,你就不會覺得太欣然接受了,可是又沒有別的辦法。以後有辦法好不好!強化自己,提升自己,裝備自己問自己:你到底希望自己值多少錢

2007年,老神再在這本書完成的前一年,那個時候的我在一家泡沫紅茶店工作,老板給我的時薪85塊台幣,那個時候85塊一個小時對我來講是多麽高的收入,你就知道當時我有多窮多慘。我好認真做,我好感謝他給我這個工作,我每天第一個到店裡,最後一個下班,中間的清潔打掃,一絲不茍,我做到老板的通過監視器看都覺得「哇,這個人實在是太認真!」他要加我薪水。

你猜他加多少?加25塊。時薪從85塊變成110。我已經超級感謝了,他加我薪水的時候,他把我叫到辦公室去問我一個問題:「我一個小時才付你85塊錢。可是,為什麽我感覺你不像是用85塊錢的工作態度。不像其他人要做不做的啊,為什麽你可以這麽認真。」各位你們聽我的回答。

我說:親愛的老板,Boss,我覺得我自己值一個小時8500塊,所以我用的是8500塊錢的工作態度在做這個工作。」他說:「我只有付你85塊一個小時啊」我的回答是:「我不是為這個薪水工作,我是為我的態度工作,我不是為你的薪水服務,我是為我的態度服務。」這是當時我給他的回答,這是2007年的事。

我的存在是個證據,我曾經是一個沒有方向,很茫然,很窮,很多責任我扛不起,很多的事我不勇敢的人,我曾經是這樣的人,連這樣的人都可以出頭。因為藉由內在心靈程式、內在信念的改變,你也可以。你說要,誰能說不行?你說你有夢誰敢偷?誰能偷?夢偷不走的,你昨晚上做的夢你講給1萬個人聽,那個夢還是你的,別人偷不走的,只有你自己放棄而已。想一想你從小到大你放棄了什麼?哪些夢還可以再把它追回來的,你現在過的真的是你自己要的日子嗎?

錢,一開始都在你的心裏,你該得多少薪水,該得多少報酬,不是你的老板,也不是你的顧客來替你決定,那是你自己控制。你自己問你自己在你的心靈深處裏面你覺得你對別人能夠值多少?就是我剛講的標價。你覺得你對於別人你值多少錢,如果你覺得你自己每個小時只值85塊。那你當然得不到每個小時850塊錢的工作,因為德不配位啊,那個德除了是修練道德之外,還有就是你心中的「相信」。你心中的相信

你不會得到你想要的,你只會得到你相信的。所以,如果你跟本相信一個小時850塊錢對你來講是不可能的,那你根本不可能超越你現在的狀態。在你從這個世界上獲得金錢報酬之前,你必須要在自己的心中先去衡量自己的價值,透過你自己的內在的思維好確定出你的價位,有意識地去對市場宣布你的價值。然後想辦法讓自己擁有使別人願意付出這樣子價格來購買你的能力,或者購買你的作品的表現能力,你要讓自己擁有這樣的能力。

還有很重要的一點,你必須要很清楚知道你自己對別人能夠產生什麽樣的價值,這需要你認識你自己,了解你自己,你必須很清楚,知道你對你未來的顧客能夠產生什麽樣的價值,如果你不知道你能夠對他們產生什麽樣的價值,那他們不會比你更清楚該如何來為你定價,一旦你真的能夠弄清楚你自己,你能夠為你的支持者,你的客戶或者你的老板帶來什麽樣的利益,一旦你弄清楚這件事,我跟你保證,你就會給自己大無畏的標上一個價格。

而且你標的這個價格,也是在對這個世界展現你有多看重你自己,你有多看重你自己,你覺得你自己到底值多少錢。在你獲得這個世界認同之前,你得先認同你自己,接受你自己

很多人終其一生之所以沒有辦法完成夢想,走得坎坎柯柯碰碰撞撞,學書不成,學劍也不成,回首一生,啥都不是,一事無成。很多人之所以會讓他的一生是這個樣子,是因為他沒有看見他自己的價值,也沒有認同他自己的價值,他也不打算創造。各位,不要當這樣的人,千萬不要。

在我小時候,很小的時候,我常常會被一個噩夢驚醒,今天在最後結束的時候,我來跟大家說說這個夢,小學大概一年級吧,六歲,我經常睡下去之後,就掉到一個黑洞裏面去,然後發現我醒過來,可是我已經是一個老頭子了,然後我推開我的房間門,爸爸媽媽還是我的爸爸媽媽,可是我已經是個老頭子了,然後我發現我還背著小學的書包,也就是我已經是個老頭子了,我卻一點都沒長大。這個夢境被我稱之為噩夢是因為我非常害怕我自己真的會如夢境一樣,活到老之後,一事無成。另外一方面藉著家境也不是非常的富裕,除了努力讀書我沒做之外,我很認真的在工作在賺錢出售我自己。

準備自己吧,認同自己的價值,找到你這些價值,找到你的力量,裝備你自己,不管是在心靈層面或是你的外部條件,任何能夠讓你更好的更進步的、更有才、更有料的,不要放棄,不要在那些能夠讓你進步的事情上面又開始找一堆理由一堆藉口。你為什麽要對於這些會讓自己進步的東西跟事情要想這麽多,其實說穿了就是逃避而已。

我問你,你有多少時間可以讓你逃避,你已經逃避多久了,那你還要逃避多久,我不知道。我只知道生命有限,青春有限,你只活這一次,下一輩子在那裏不知道!這輩子你必須要讓它精彩。

謝明杰

Education, Healing Arts, Health & Beauty

Netflix Documentary: Heal

Director Kelly Noonan Gores’ documentary takes us on a scientific and spiritual journey where we discover that our thoughts, beliefs, and emotions have a huge impact on our health and ability to heal. The latest science reveals that we are not victims of unchangeable genes, nor should we buy into a scary prognosis. The fact is we have more control over our health and life than we have been taught to believe.

This film will empower you with a new understanding of the miraculous nature of the human body and the extraordinary healer within us all. HEAL not only taps into the brilliant minds of leading scientists and spiritual teachers but follows three people on actual high stakes healing journeys. Healing can be extremely complex and deeply personal, but it can also happen spontaneously in a moment. Through these inspiring and emotional stories, we find out what works, what doesn’t, and why.

Now available on Netflix!!! Or you can rent or buy via online platforms such as iTune, Amazon, etc. 

導演Kelly Noonan Gores的紀錄片帶我們進行科學和靈性之旅,探索我們的思想,信念和情緒對我們的健康和療癒能力有巨大影響。 最新的科學研究發現,我們不是無法改變基因的受害者,我們也不應該相信可怕的醫療預測結果。 事實上,我們對健康和生命的控制力是比我們被教導的要多。

這部電影將讓您對人體的神奇自癒和我們所有人當中那些非凡的療癒者有新的認識。 HEAL不僅能夠吸引領先科學家和靈性導師的傑出思想,而且還會跟隨三個人實際進行的高風險療癒之旅。 治療可能非常複雜且非常個人化,但它也可能在一瞬間自發發生。 通過這些鼓舞人心和情感的故事,我們發現哪些有效,哪些無效,以及為什麼。

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Vipassana 十天內觀禁語靜坐營

What is Vipassana? (中文版故事寫在照片之後)

I went to a 10-days Vipassana Silence Meditation Retreat at North Fork, California in the end of October.  I would like to share my personal experiences and thoughts here.  You can google it to see experiences from others.

It was interesting how I signed up and attended this retreat.  I went to see an old friend in June who I haven’t see for three years or so. During our conversation, he mentioned that he has attended Vipassana 7 times in 4 years and he is going again in October which is a bilingual session (English and Mandarin that is offered once a year), and he recommend me to attend because it helps him a lot in many ways.  Few weeks later when I flip through my photos on my phone, I realized that someone else has told me about it years ago because I took a photo of a marketing piece of the Vipassana that has their contact info on it.

I totally forgot about it until now.  So I looked at it as a sign that I should really look into it this time.  In the end, I did submit my application and got accepted.  This retreat is totally free for everyone because someone else who donate money.  It’s a donation based and you can only donate if you have attended at least one 10-days retreat.  It has a long waitlist and people do drop out in the middle of the retreat so please take it seriously.

Personally, I don’t meditate in a regular daily basis so I really don’t know what I got myself into until I got there.  Stay silent, no eye contact or interaction with others wasn’t hard for me.  I kind of like the quiet time.  By the third day I can sit very still for one hour and not eating dinner but I want to leave on the fourth and sixth days . . . .and you wonder why?

All the chanting, English+Chinese instructions and discourse are all done by recording which is about 5 min long.  The chanting is in Sanskrit or Hindi, the English has a heavy Indian accent and the Chinese has Mainland Chinese accent plus the Chinese translation delivery has totally lost the original personalities, sense of humor and the temperature of the voice.  Moreover, they play the recording in the beginning and in the end of every hour meditation.

Guess what??  It play 11 times a day!!!  I was so turn off by the recording.  I want to skip the recording but can’t.  I especially hate to listen to the Chinese instructions and the discourse.  I want to switch to the English, and ask the assistant manager but her response was no, it’s better to stay in Chinese since it was my first time. Since I offer someone a ride from the Bay area and I didn’t want to leave him there so I stay through.

By the 11th day early morning (the day we are leaving), after we finished our last Chinese discourse, assistant teacher let us go into the meditation hall to watch English discourse video.  Wait a second, the English discourse is using videos??  This was my first time listen to the English version of the discourse, and got to see Mr. Goenka, and what a big difference did it make!!!!  He was funny and loving.  Even it was the last 5-10 min of the video but I was ended up in tears.  What the hell that I listen to the Chinese for that 10 days and totally disconnected when I should have listen to the English and have a totally different experience.

So seriously, If your English is good enough, I would recommend you to take the English one.  If your native language is something else, look up the website using your native language, google search some youtube videos, get familiar with some keywords that are in your native language, then I think you will be just fine with English.  I wish I have done that before I went because I would have a totally impression and experiences for the 10 days.

One good reason to take the bilingual retreat is the food.  They do offer some Chinese food such as porridge, rice, veggie, tofu, rice noodle, hot soup, etc for breakfast and lunch; otherwise, I think the standard meals would be oatmeal, cereals, toast, instant coffee and tea for breakfast, and salad for lunch.

If you are not a regular meditators, maybe you want to attend shorter one such as 3 days or 5 days with other organizations just so you get used to the idea of meditation.  “Sitting Still” for an hour long is harder than you think, let alone that you need to do that 5 times a day or more.

By the day three, I am fine without eating “dinner” (fresh fruits and tea) because I don’t feel hungry.  However, from the day four, I slept until 6:30 for breakfast because I was so tired.  Go figure.

I am back from the retreat for two months now and I wasn’t able to continue to meditation in a daily basis. I guess it will be on my 2019 resolution wishes!!!  LOL

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Now, let me share some logistics (besides what they say online or in email) with you so you can be more prepared for your retreat.

I went in the end of October in North Fork, California.  The weather was nice, 46F to 80F, no rain.

> I would suggest to have boonie/bucket + down vest during the day, and beanie + down jacket at night and early morning because it’s cold from your dorm to the meditation hall or the dining room during the 5-10 min walk. And it will get colder as day goes on.

> Bring a indoor flip flop.  The dorm is carpeted in the room and the hallway but tiled in the bathroom.

> Bring a Thermos if you want hot water.  All the water in the dorm is drinkable; however, you only get hot water during meal time in the dining room. You can bring a kettle if you really need a lot of hot water per day.

> Make sure your flashlight is bright.

> They have hair dryers in the bathroom

> In the bathroom wall, there are different signup sheets for shower time/shower room, and cleaning day.

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A typical daily schedule:

4:00am Wake-up Bell call

4:30-6:30 Meditation in your room or in Meditation Hall or Pagoda Cell

6:30-7:15 Breakfast

7:15-8:00 Break

9:00-9:00 Group sitting in the Meditation Hall*

9:00-10:00 Meditation in your room or in Meditation Hall or Pagoda Cell

11:00-11:45 Lunch

11:45-1:00 Break

1:00-2:30 Meditation in your room or in Meditation Hall or Pagoda Cell

2:30-3:30 Group sitting in the Meditation Hall*

3:30-5:00 Meditation in your room or in Meditation Hall or Pagoda Cell

5:00-5:30 Tea and Fruits (Dinner)

5:30-6:00 Break

6:00-7:00 Group sitting in the Meditation Hall*

7:00-8:15 Teacher Discourse* (English and Mandarin in two different rooms)

8:20-9:00 Group sitting in the Meditation Hall*

9:00-9:30 Q&A or retire to your room

10:00 Lights Out

 男女的住宿, 用餐, 活動範圍完全分開/ Men and Women has separate dorms, dining room, walking area.

每天要走的路/You walk on this path few times a day

如果下雨, 就建議穿雨鞋了.

女生宿舍之一/one of the dorm

有三間廁所, 三間浴室/ 3 toilets and 3 showers in the dorm

男女共修/分二邊坐的大禪堂/ Meditation Hall, men and women sit on different side

Pagoda 小觀房的外觀, 裡面有很多小隔間, 獨立空間打坐.

什麼是內觀? Vipassana 台灣內觀中心. (聽說台中要關掉了, 那就剩高雄)

我十月底去North Fork, CA參加一場十天的內觀禁語禪修營, 這次會去是因為一位三年沒見的中醫朋友強烈推薦, 他四年內已經去了七次, 他說對他幫助很大, 所以鼓勵我考慮參加. 後來我才發現, 數年前已經有朋友告訴過我, 只是我當時沒放在心上.  這次大概是時間點對了, 因為我真的報名也被接受參加了.

我平常沒有固定打坐冥想, 都是想到才做, 所以完全沒有心理準備實際上每天要打坐五次以上, 每次一小時會是什麼樣的挑戰和感覺. 後來發現, 維持不動的一小時打坐是可以訓練而習慣的, 但我非常不習慣, 而且後來非常抗拒排斥的, 是每小時打坐時間的前後五分鐘所聽的錄音帶.

英文的指導是葛印卡先生所錄製, 中文版另有他人直接翻譯後錄製, 而我不習慣印度口音很重的英文, 也非常受不了冷硬死板的中文直譯的聲音和內容, 因為英文版的原音起碼很有溫度, 很有感情, 很有幽默感, 而中文的完全失去那個原味.

痛苦的是, 每天要聽十一次的五分鐘錄音帶, 內容大同小異, 但一樣痛苦, 我反感到很想離開, 後悔當初幹嘛不報英文版的就好. 不過報中英雙語營的好處是食物, 因為參加的華人多, 所以他們有特別準備一些稀飯, 米粉, 豆腐, 熱湯, 炒菜等, 不然的話, 早餐可能就是麥片或玉米片, 咖啡, 午餐就是沙拉.

晚上的開示, 中文和英文是分開在二個不同空間, 我到 “最後一天” 才知道, 原來英文的是看錄影帶, 所以他們看得到葛印卡先生實際說話的樣子, 我才真正感受到他的慈悲關愛, 當他說 “May all being be in peace, happy, liberate. 願一切眾生安詳, 快樂, 解脫”, 我的眼淚忍不住流下來, 而我們中文的還是聽錄音帶, 常常聽到我睡著. 你無法想像那二者的落差之大, 讓我後悔不已啊!!!

我強烈建議, 如果你的英文程度還行, 建議你是先在網上找Youtube, 看一些影片, 弄懂一些關鍵字, 你就直接參加英文營就好, 我覺得那個體驗會好很多.  如果你平常沒有打坐冥想的習慣, 建議先去參加其他三天或五天的暖身一下, 一下子參加十天的, 需要毅力和決心.

我回來二個月了, 完全沒有繼續打坐, 我看把它列入2019年的新年新希望吧!!! LOL

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葛印卡先生

古老的印度留給世界兩種實踐方法。一種是體能鍛鍊的瑜伽體位法(Asanas) 以及調息法 (Pranayama) 來保持身體健康;另一種則是内觀(Vipassana),心的訓練以保持心的健康。任何宗教信仰的人都可以學習並實踐這兩種方法。同時,人們仍可安詳與和諧地遵循自己的宗教信仰,完全不需要改變,改變信仰往往是產生緊張與衝突的主要因素。除非内心能獲得安詳,否則世界和平無法實現。焦躁不安與安詳和諧無法共存。要獲得内心安詳的一個方法就是內觀,這是非宗派、科學的,以成果導向來自我觀察與了解實相的方法。修持這個方法,能在經驗上體驗身心是如何相互影響。 每次當負面情緒自心中產生,比如焦慮, 生氣;身體上便會升起不愉悅的感受。而内心產生無私的愛、慈悲與善意時,整個身體就滿溢著愉悅的感受。修持内觀也體驗到,心的作用引導著身體和言語上的行為,從而决定了行爲的好壞。心是最重要的,這也就是爲什麽我們要找到實際可行的方法來使内心安詳與純淨。