Singapore Bodhi Meditation Centre
I remember I have had gastric pains since my secondary school days. If I was too busy and missed my regular mealtime, my gastric pain would act up. As such, I would always have the medication with me as a precaution. Sometimes, the pain could be so severe that it would only be relieved after two to three doses of the strongest medication. Even though this is not a life-threatening condition, the pain can be unbearable at times.
I attended the 8.5-Day Health & Happiness Retreat in November 2019 upon my family’s recommendation. Honestly, my main objective was not to relieve the gastric issue but to learn how to relax my body and mind. Due to my hectic lifestyle, I had been feeling very drained and was constantly wanting to have a good rest. I hoped meditation can help me to become wiser, and I can be happier and healthier.
When I stepped into the centre on day one of the retreat, I could already feel the warmth and friendliness of the care group leaders, as well as the peaceful environment of the centre. I was quite certain I have finally found the right place to relax my mind and body.
On day two, I realised my appetite had started to decrease and by day three, I barely had any appetite for breakfast and lunch. My care group leader shared with me that I could be experiencing spontaneous fasting (spontaneous fasting: do not feel hungry or eating very little food, but still feels energetic) and I could choose not to eat if I really didn’t feel like doing so. I was apprehensive due to my underlying history of gastric pain, yet I also recalled the testimonials I’ve read from the Meditation and Health magazines where I doubted if meditation really helped relieved them of their symptoms. Hence I decided to give it a shot hoping to be a witness to the benefits of meditation. I persisted without taking my meals for the day but to be on the safe side, I had some fruits for dinner! Surprisingly, my gastric pain did not flare up at all!
So from day three to day nine, I did not have breakfast and lunch, and only had some fruits for dinner. I missed two meals for seven days but I did not experience any gastric pain. There was no exaggeration in the testimonials I read! I was secretly pleased that the gastric pain which had been bothering me for years is miraculously resolved! During this period, I also noticed that I am more energetic than before.
Through the many Bodhi Meditation practices such as “The Meditation of Greater Illumination” and “The Meditation of Purity”, I realised I have calmed down, and in place of the impatience, there is a sense of peace in my heart. During the retreat, I was always looking forward to more dharma teachings from Grandmaster JinBodhi, and felt so grateful for how Grandmaster would use humour and practical life examples to teach us the valuable lessons of how to treat people, and attain happiness through simple yet effective methods. I have been very blessed to be able to learn and benefit so much under Grandmaster JinBodhi’s guidance.
Individual results of practice may vary. Bodhi Meditation does not advocate reduction or discontinuation of medication without seeking a doctor’s advice.