Respiro profundo: Meditar en Tailandia

Lucila Voloschin ha viajado en tres ocasiones al sudeste asiático para estudiar con monjes budistas. Su experiencia invita a los jóvenes a conocer el Programa Peace Revolution.

He tenido la maravillosa oportunidad de viajar becada tres veces a Tailandia, para asistir a un programa de Meditación y Desarrollo Personal ofrecido por monjes budistas y organizado por el Proyecto Peace Revolution de la ONG World Peace Initiative Foundation. Me he formado como instructora certificada en Meditación y he organizado la visita del Monje Budista Luang Phi Pasura Dantanamo a Mendoza en dos ocasiones.

Las vivencias profundas de estos encuentros y la posibilidad de compartir con personas de distintas partes del mundo son instantes que atesoro. Hoy comparto este texto personal, escrito durante mi primera experiencia en el Santuario de Mooktawan, Isla Ko Yao Noi (Tailandia). Mi intención es que más jóvenes del mundo y especialmente de Argentina se animen a vivir esta experiencia e incorporar en sus vidas el poder de la meditación. La convocatoria a este programa se encuentra abierta hasta el 15 de agosto.

Sesión de meditación guiada. Cortesía: Peace Revolution

El sol benévolo

Desprovista de todo estímulo habitual, mi mente rebelde buscaría desesperadamente dónde posarse. Los espacios usuales de retozo habrían desaparecido. Y con ellos, los vínculos que los rellenan y dan forma.

Me despierto cuando todavía es de noche, envuelta entre sonidos desconocidos pero bulliciosos, cantos y respiros de mosquitos, ranas, iguanas y otras criaturas que orquestan un coro nocturno.

Subo alto, muy alto en la pendiente y mi corazón late como si quisiera escaparse del pecho. Camino lento. Cerramos los ojos. Me entrego de lleno a la primera sesión de meditación. Una hora después, con sensación de entresueños, mis párpados perciben la ligereza de la isla que despierta.

Sigo subiendo un poco más, otra vez mi corazón se acelera, pero arribo triunfal a la cima: victoriosa plataforma de horizontes circulares y eternos. La luna se despide para dar paso a los primeros colores diurnos, cambiantes, azules y lilas hacia ocres y rojizos. Se asoma tímido detrás de las montañas un sol que a esa hora se presenta benévolo.

Respiro profundo y contemplo la vastedad. Esta naturaleza se me impone, con firmeza y suavidad. Saco mil y una fotos para atesorar en mis pupilas; es uno de los rincones más bellos donde he estado. La práctica matutina de yoga me oxigena, despierta los músculos somnolientos y revitaliza. Luego nos quedamos jugando, riendo, volando. Compartiendo con amigos de países remotos.

Sólo bajamos cuando el hambre toca con levedad nuestra conciencia. Sabemos que nos espera un desayuno generoso y colorido.

Calmar la caravana circense

Vuelvo a subir alto para cerrar los ojos nuevamente. Esta vez al aire libre, en algún escenario natural, entre sombras que refrescan y envuelven la segunda sesión de meditación.

Abro los párpados, me acuesto de espaldas con la mirada renovada clavada en el cielo, fija pero movilizada, viendo más allá de las nubes y con una alegría irreconocible.

Me nutro de sabores exóticos, aunque no siempre deseables, a veces dulce, agrio, picante y salado en un mismo bocado.

Aprovecho la pausa y me sumerjo en el agua que apacigua este caluroso incendio.

Subo nuevamente, mis latidos están aún encaprichados y mi cuerpo tan deshabituado a esta humedad pegajosa. “No estoy hecha para la combinación del calor y la humedad extremos”, me lo repito varias veces como si me trajera algún consuelo.

Sesión de meditación guiada. Cortesía: Peace Revolution
Sesión de meditación guiada. Cortesía: Peace Revolution

Desafío la inercia de la siesta y vuelco la mirada hacia adentro para meditar nuevamente. Al abrirlos, mis oídos devoran retazos de historias de vida. Sacrificios elegidos, nostalgias aprehendidas, una combinación de sabia disciplina y compromiso admirable.

Monjes Budistas que alguna vez no lo fueron y eran como nosotros. Ahora nos cuentan qué es eso de ser Monje y meditar. Calmar la caravana circense de la mente aunque sea por unos momentos. Dejar un poquito de lado las expectativas futuras y los fracasos pasados. Descansar.

Ellos están sonrientes. Esto sobre todo fue lo que me sorprende y alivia. Son alegres, humildes, interesantes, curiosos y abiertos a discusiones. Veo una mirada que no reconozco y no puedo asociar a algo conocido. Otra forma de ver las cosas, los problemas, la vida. Un modo distinto de esbozar la pregunta y mostrar lo simple.

Tengo tiempo para pasar el tiempo. Con la posibilidad de buscar y compartir compañía, con otros o conmigo. Escucho historias que me inspiran. Personas apasionadas.

La cena hecha limonada, té frío Thai, yogurt, jugos. Y una última subida. Con mis piernas y mi pulso. Para cerrar mi jornada con una meditación nocturna.

Explosiones creativas que me expanden. Ideas que cobran vida y se conectan mágicamente.

Desconectada de mi teléfono, computadora, reproductor de música, seres queridos. Aislada de mi entorno habitual. De mis comidas predecibles y mis deberes diarios.

Me olvidé de qué día era hoy y pasé a ocuparme de lo que estaba haciendo ahora. Era ése mi margen temporal. No tendría que preocuparme por qué comería ni a qué hora, dónde dormiría ni qué haría.

Todo estaba previsto y provisto, cada detalle, y con tanto cariño. Entregarme era el desafío. A las condiciones más anheladas de estabilidad, naturaleza y contención. Tan sólo debía estar allí: Presente, increíblemente a veces lo más difícil.

Tanta limpieza, barridos, lágrimas, recuerdos alegres y tristes. Reprocharme y reconciliarme conmigo misma, todo lo que pasó y no pude evitar. Pero al mismo tiempo lo que ocurrió y elegí que así fuera. Una tormenta de emociones se hizo presente sin pedir permiso. Desde lo subterráneo, surgieron interrogantes.

Y luego, de a poco, desde el fondo la oscuridad se vuelve más clara. Como cuando después de apagar la luz, los ojos se acostumbran a la penumbra y vuelven a ver. Me abracé fuerte, con ganas. Por instantes leí claramente mis verdades. Me sentí unida y vi nítidamente el hilo mágico que he trazado y me ha conducido, invisible pero presente. Una sensación llena. Interna.

Lucila Voloschin: Licenciada en Sociología, apasionada por procesos de autoconocimiento, crecimiento y desarrollo holístico. Practicante y profesora de yoga, bailarina, coach, viajera incansable y escritora de crónicas de viaje.

 

Para saber más de la convocatoria que que está abierta hasta el 15 de agosto visitá: Peace Revolution

Este artículo fue originalmente publicado en la edición “Estar Mejor” de MDZ online aquí.

Life-changing Scholarship Opportunities in Thailand

Life Changing Scholarship Opportunities Thailand Meditation

Just like those unexpected and wonderful things that happen in life, my cousin suggested me I take a look at an article. It was entitled “The Most exotic Scholarships of the World.” She emphasized that I was probably the only person she knew who would be interested in those kind of weird things. By weird, she meant what I actually referred to as a surprising scenario: a life-changing scholarship opportunity offered by World Peace Initiative Foundation to participate in a Meditation Retreat in Thailand! I could not believe how amazing and simultaneously exotic it sounded!

The Scholarship Opportunity, Thailand Meditation

This “casual and azarous” fact led me to a life-changing experience several months later, in January 2016. After I started the online Self-Development Program, I experienced an astonishing personal transformation. Although I had always been interested in exploring and developing tools for personal growth, meditation came to me as a very practical way to dive into my depth and redefine the way I want to be in the world.

I still remember how happy and smiling I was when I got the news that I had been selected to participate in it. My family could not believe it at all. “Are you really going to Thailand? That far? For a Meditation Retreat?!”

This training-retreat allowed me to awaken and develop many aspects of myself that had always been there. I had the precious opportunity to dive into myself, my emotions, and my essence. To enjoy some silence enabling me to listen to whatever my body, my mind and my soul were trying to tell me.

Good News: Another Scholarship opportunity in Thailand!

The application call for the new edition of this training is now open until August 15th. Further,  it will take place in December 2018 in Thailand! This is the only international youth training of its kind as it offers group dynamics for networking as well as time for personal well-being and calmness. A good combination of meditation, mindfulness & self-development which will lead to professional success in any career path by challenging yourself to be a better version of what you are looking for.

Read more of the whole process of my personal transformation during and after attending the Thailand training in my article “14 ways my self-transformation happened through meditation”.

Here are the 4 Ds why the Thailand Meditation Fellowship is a life-changing opportunity:

Discover you true self

How much of our own selves still remain unknown for ourselves? How much hidden potential do we have? What about embracing our weaknesses and transforming them into virtues?

Personally, since I started meditating, I feel much more confident and I trust myself better. I doubt much less because I know what I have to do, deeply inside myself.

Detox and empower your mind

We all know how important is to keep our physical body clean. But have you ever wondered how important it is to purify our mind as well? The same way we clean up our body, our mind needs to detox. What causes a clouded mind? Our daily agitated routine, stressful situations, negative sensations, recurrent thoughts, concerns with no solution. If we would just take some time for ourselves. Did you know that when we meditate, we recharge the mind and body so that we have more energy to do good things for ourselves and for others?

On a personal level, that cumulative of past negative experiences. Stories of catastrophic events or drama situations, and that sometime determine the way I see reality, was cleaned up. So whenever I face a new obstacle, no matter how difficult it is, it will not get stuck to the old negativity. On the contrary, I am able to see it as a new challenge, to try to solve it and then let it go.

Develop mindfulness lifestyle

How do we cultivate healthy habits? What is a good habit? Further, how do we change those habits that we think do not lead us to reach our goals in life? First, we need to be aware of them recognizing our actions and its consequences in our daily life. Does it sound easy?

Personally, I am now much more able to let go situations, relationships or behaviours that do not nourish me. I do not get stuck so easily to difficult moments, on the contrary, I let it go. So it is about the new positive attitude I take to address those negative things what really matters in life.

Design a peaceful environment

It is easier to be at peace when on vacations in a beautiful beach or in the exotic mountains with good food and friends, right? But how to bring this feelings back home? We should learn how to create a peaceful environment that allows us to be at peace as well.

Personally, I now understand that I am constantly creating my own reality. I am a protagonist of my world. I have the power to change what I do not like. Though some actions seem tiny they always have a positive effect.

In the end, it all comes to the same reflection: “As within so without”. Nothing in our external reality can change without first making changes on the inside. And this is the secret ingredient of this program: Peace In, Peace Out. Peace starts from within. If I am not at peace, how can I spread peace out? By changing the quality of your thoughts, you change the quality of your whole life and of those around you. This change includes your family, community and the entire world!

Prepared for this life-changing opportunity?

Apply here  Now!

Why I Love Meditation Retreats

Sukkhothai Retreat

If you are one of those people (just like me) who always seek for something else than just relaxing holidays far away from daily routine, then you should consider this kind of retreat. Not only will you enjoy cosy accommodation, beautiful surroundings and delicious healthy food, but also precious time to have a real encounter with your true-self.

Suggestion from a cousin

When I used to think of holidays, I always imagined going away from daily life, resting an endless amount of hours, and lying on the beach. Basically, doing nothing. And I was lucky enough to do that many times. But sometimes I ended up more tired than when I arrived. Why so?

Because my mind did not take rest seriously. While I was drinking coconut and sunbathing, my mind was still jumping agitatedly from one thought to another. I was recalling everything I had left behind, stressing myself even more just because I had more free time to overthink.

Therefore, I always ended up having this taste for more. But what was it exactly that I was searching for?

Just randomly as awesome things happen in life, a cousin of mine suggested me to take a look at an article about a retreat taking place in Thailand. Although I had never participated in a meditation retreat before, I decided to take part in the one organized by WPI in January 2016. That was when I found a perfect balance: impeccable combination of relax, re-energizing activities and life wisdom. Later on, I participated in many more.

Connecting East and West

I felt this retreat was a synthesis of many aspects of my life that had always been there, latent, hoping to be awakened. Taking part in it gave me the opportunity to look back at myself, my emotions, and my essence. To enjoy some silence and be able to listen to whatever my body, my mind and my soul were trying to tell me.

Sukhothai Retreat view

Organized in a delicate way, the retreat made me feel relaxed, comfortable, encouraged, inspired and embraced at the same time. My wandering mind had no chance but to finally surrender to the possibility of taking some rest.

What’s more, I had always been interested in learning about different cultures, connecting Eastern and Western philosophies. The retreat gave me an incredible chance to gain valuable knowledge about life from Buddhist wisdom.  Face-to-face lectures with Teaching monks allowed me to find pragmatic keys to have a different approach to my problems. I learnt about the way my thoughts, emotions, and actions are interconnected and how responsible I am for my own sake of mind.

Creating my reality

Basically, meditation taught me that I am the creator of my reality. Difficult and challenging situations will always be there and I cannot change them. However, I have absolute responsibility of the way I am reacting to those situations. Hence, I have the chance to build up my reality from a perspective connected to peace, freedom, truth and dignity. In this way, I am creating my own reality, I can stop assuming myself as a victim of external circumstances. Consequently, I am able to start considering myself as an active agent of transformation of my own life.

I understood that meditation actually requires just a little investment of time that brings countless benefits to my life.

If you are also passionate about diving into profound life experiences and would like to give rest not only to your body but also to your mind in a precious and tranquil environment, I would highly recommend you to take a look at this 7 Day Mindfulness and Meditation holidays for ultimate happiness that will take place in Thailand in July.

Be sure to enjoy the fulfilling experience of nourishing your true-self.