10 Golden Days at a Silent Retreat: One of the Most Precious Gifts I’ve Given to Myself

Oct 3, 2023 | Main Blog | 0 comments


Ten years ago, I discovered the advantages of meditation, but I couldn’t sit still for even five minutes. In 2016, a friend who meditated daily recommended Vipassana Meditation to me. Although I registered for a course in 2018, family priorities led to its cancellation. However, Vipassana always lingered in my mind as a pending journey. Finally, in 2023, I registered and attended the course.

What is Vipassana?

Vipassana is a path of self-transformation through self-observation. For me, Vipassana Meditation became one of the most precious gifts I’ve given to myself.

The Vipassana Experience includes:

  • Noble Silence: Ten days of silence – no talking, writing, eye contact, or gestures.
  • Digital Detox: No access to mobile phones, social media, or the outside world.
  • No Physical Activity: No yoga or exercise allowed.
  • Structured Schedule: Following the timetable provided by the organization, we meditated for eight to ten hours daily for ten days. Learn more

Three Key Lessons from Vipassana Meditation:

  1. Slowing Down
  • In a fast-paced corporate world, juggling family and career, it’s easy to rush through life.
  • Vipassana’s 10-day silent retreat taught me the value of slowing down.
  • We often can’t control external factors, so why hurry? Slowing down allows us to care for our bodies and minds.
  1. The Inner Journey
  • Those ten days became a profound inner journey of self-discovery.
  • Self-love and self-care are essential, and they start with understanding ourselves through this inner exploration.
  • Just as we plan family vacations to strengthen bonds, we should also plan self-care trips. Your body and mind will thank you.
  1. Embracing Impermanence
  • A practical lesson from Vipassana: “Nothing is permanent; everything is impermanent in life.”
  • These are just three lessons, but life continually teaches us more as we observe our daily experiences.


Each person’s Vipassana experience is unique and incomparable. I encourage you to embark on your own journey by attending a ten-day course.

Please also consider watching the enlightening TED Talk by Eilona Ariel and exploring the Dhamma Website for further insights and resources on Vipassana Meditation.

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