Vipassana meditation in prison

Here’s a taste of my new article at the What Meditation Really Is blog.

“Recently, I watched an extraordinary documentary called Doing Time, Doing VipassanaVipassana is a simple, non-sectarian meditation technique.

This film moved me deeply.  It illustrates so vividly how anyone can change and the powerful transformation that can arise through simply looking at your own mind.

It might sound crazy, but Doing Time, Doing Vipassana actually renewed my faith in humanity and our inherent potential for goodness.  It gave me hope.  We can avert the environmental destruction of the planet.  We can dispel violence and terror.  We can create a harmonious world.  If only we can learn to look within and abandon our own negative tendencies, thoughts, and emotions.

Sure, we need to take practical steps too.  But without collectively changing the inner landscape of our minds, there is no hope for permanent, positive change in the world.

It’s funny because I avoided watching the DVD for a number of months.  The idea of watching a film about prison seemed depressing.  But in the end, this is one of the most inspiring and motivational films I’ve ever seen.

If you feel like it’s impossible to change yourself – or the world – don’t give up.  Watch this film instead.  And even if you are not discouraged, I think you may find amazing inspiration here.”

Please continue and read the rest of the  article, including the film description, at the What Meditation Really Is blog.

If you like the article, please share the link over at the WMRI blog.  And, I would love to hear your thoughts in the comments there.  With love, Sandra