I was online reading information about certain aspects of spiritual enlightenment. I came across the word, Vipassana. The meaning is explained below, which I pulled from online.

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Vipassana – The Essence Of The Teachings

Vipassana is an ancient pali word meaning the right way to SEE / the correct way to see / the special way to see / observation / total, holistic observation / meditation / observation of the reality ‘as it is’ / observing ‘what is’ / insight.

Vipassana is the experiential aspect of the teachings of all Buddhas. Needless to say such an observation, such an enquiry into the truth is universal, non-sectarian, non-ritualistic, non-dogmatic and liberating. It is an art of living.

Vipassana is not a technique or a ritual to be followed mechanically. Vipassana is a process of observation – observing the truth from moment-to-moment – observing the truth as it is.

Looking Within-Living And Dying, From Moment To Moment

I like this idea. The process of observation is such a critical aspect of authentic human interaction and self understanding. I spend a lot of time observing my environment and how people react to their existence. How people define self is complex and fascinating.

Most can only see the world as they are, through their experiences, knowledge and education, while others, although tethered to self and unable to avoid how the self defines that which exists outside of it, still try to see what is, that which exists in its state of being beyond our observations and opinions about it.

In many ways, I live Vipassana, even though I did not have a word for it. Still, it is one of many levels of living/being. Living is layered, with aspects of existence that ebb, flow, surface, sink, solidify, dissipate and generally change with each new thing we discover/learn. So even as we observe, we are being observed. We meditate and are meditated on. We seek as we are being sought.

There is so much to this life, yet so little. Nothing is ever really solved. But we continue to see in the best way we know how.

© zaji, 2016