After long being all by myself and no one whom I knew scared me a bit. But, still there was an innate peace that let me settle in whatever life had to offer.

Similar feeling I got when I went to rustic campsite, located into the woods, nearby lake. After that I started more options to connect myself. And I booked this 10 days Vipassana course.

This was a journey of ten days where I was able to unravel the depths within and see what is that truth from which we’re all devoid.

This technique called Vipassana, which means to see things as they really are, is one of India’s most ancient techniques of meditation. It was rediscovered by Gotama Buddha more than 2500 years ago and was taught by him as a universal remedy for universal ills, i.e., an art of living. It aims for the total eradication of mental impurities and the resultant highest happiness of full liberation through self-observation.

And while I was doing it for the second time, it was an absolute bliss!

Bliss to be here on my own without any external help to sustain and keep me happy.

This centre where I stayed during my ten day course, lied about 6 kms from the pristine city of Pushkar. The place known for temples and may be the only Brahma temple in the world. Tourists come in huge numbers here. May be the vibes of the city affected the whole experience. I could sense the sacred vibes flowing around. The beautiful flowers, the Aravali ranges and the amazing drawings in the sky made my eyes rest on them whenever possible.

While on my way to the centre, I met a guy, full of fear and anxiousness. It was his first time and I knew exactly how it feels when you come for such an experience the first time. Staying without phone (cut out from the world) and observing noble silence for days has a huge impact. It’s something that pulls us out completely from any external support that we took and not paid attention to ourselves. He made me realise I was prepared to provide my listening ears to someone unknown too and connect on a very genuine level. It again confirmed how each and every one of us are made exactly same. The same fears, same anger, same love and everything else. Some just act on one more than others do. It also reconfirmed the fact that we agree or not, but the world IS a reflection of ourselves. I totally felt and experienced this.

While all of us remained silent during the course, yet there were connections made. Connections of purity. There was coordination in the work we did without uttering a word. And believe me, it was more effectively done than what happens when we speak too many words.

There were people travelling from other countries and so many females in them. I had this fear still of how to travel alone for so many months. I asked them and realised they had fears too but they knew how to connect with people. They knew when to trust or not. I realised strongly how fear will never help us do what we want to, so there lies no sense in paying attention to it. Their amazing daring spirits still linger with me and I’m glad to have made a human to human bond where it didn’t matter where we came from.

I hope we all make these everlasting bonds that free us rather binding us more!

This silence showed light on a lot of things. Words being one of them. I’d read somewhere how words are such a powerful tool and that it can break/make anything. How their impact can be for our good or maybe not. It’s our choice after all to make this advantage provided to human beings prove beneficial.

May be we all need to go into that reflective mode every now and then to see what’s really dancing inside us..

Have you ever looked for a friend within?

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