My year at a Vipassana Center: Part 9. Observations in Nature

One of the things that became pretty clear from course to course is the way the weather responded. It is almost certain to be stormy or windy on day 5 or 6, and often a light drizzle would be present on Mettā Day. This was true mostly when more new students were attending the course. When a higher concentration old students (students who have already completed a 10-day before) are present, day 7 is usually when the weather gets ramped up. From my own experience, day 7 is definitely where it gets more challenging as old student.

Can our minds affect the weather? It most certainly appear so. When a group of people use their minds together in such an intensely focused way, it seems that a lot more can be accomplished than we imagine.

The weather wasn’t the only natural phenomena that drew our attention. At times we had problems with mice. Since no killing or harming of another is part of the code of conduct, there was not too much we could do about this problem, other than directing mettā to the problem needing to be solved.

In the case of the mice solutions would present themselves, such as a visiting wild cat that appeared out of the blue. On several occasion we’d find a drowned mouse in some of the toilets. Did they sacrifice their mice lives in return for an auspicious reincarnation, I wonder? I know these examples are a little gory, but nature responds to solutions that are needed. Thousands of books are written about manifesting and the law of attraction. At the dhamma center, this was already a way of life that required no explanation.

The next few posts will explain what my Vipassana meditation experience did for me, and what it didn’t.



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