Tomorrow marks the beginning of what simultaneously could be the most enlightening and difficult time of my life. I will be spending one week in silence with Buddhist monks learning to calm the mind, understand the self, and see things as they truly are. I will be completely disconnected during this time. No talking, no phone, no music, no reading, no writing, nothing. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
I have no expectations, but I am anxious, excited, and curious to test how far I can take my mind. Can I calm my frequently wandering thoughts? Can I control the inevitable physical pain? Will reality and self-awareness really become more clear?
⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ I do not know, but what I like about Buddhism is that it doesn’t promise you that its tools will work; it just asks you to try them for yourself. I’ve noticed value in my inconsistent meditation habit, but this will be my true test of its teachings. All I know is that I wholeheartedly trust the process of living fully in the present moment. See you on the other side. ✌🏼🧘🏼♂️