I found many similarities between my experience of the ABC trekking trip and the Vipassana 10-day course in Hong Kong .
Both the Vipassana course and the ABC trekking trip were 10 days long. Interestingly, in both of them, every day went by very slowly, so slowly that I didn’t just count the time passed by day (“ok, still have 8 days to go”, “ok, 7 days left”…), but I actually counted by hour (“yes! another hour, then lunch!”, “still have another two hours to go before arriving to the next stop point”…) Time passes by very slowly when we keep doing the same thing all day long, for many days, without any distraction. Unlike Vipassana, while I could talk with others during my trekking days, I found the trekking trip a good time to focus more on myself and do some self-reflection and whatnot.
Both provided the very basic – only a bed. We had to bring our own beddings. Well, all lodges along the ABC trail provided a pillow more than the Vipassana center, but I wouldn’t mind to carry my own pillow since I stayed in the same place for all 10 days during the course. Yet, in no doubt, the Vipassana center provides better lodging, since hot water and electricity are guaranteed 24/7! 😀
One may not make lifetime friends there in the Vipassana course or during her trekking trip, but all the people one meets there share some very similar interests. Hence, I have found it very easy to pick up a conversation and have a good chat, share information and ideas, with the people whom I met, both in the course, as well as the trekking trip.
It’s a Challenge!
Completing the 10 days of the Vipassana course or the ABC trail needs strong determination. During the course, there were times I doubted that it wasn’t want I was looking for and if I should call it off . And when I was trekking the ABC trail, there were times I wondered if I had picked a trail too long. It’s not only a physical challenge, but a challenge of one’s patience and endurance as well. And it was the happy findings and beautiful moments along the way
that made me knew that I had made the right choice and would stay put and keep going. In addition, as time went by, the more time I had invested in the course/trekking trip, the less I would want to give up. Unlike some crises that just happen in life involuntarily, both the Vipassana course and the ABC trail are challenges that one searches and gives herself by her own free will. I like both experience and am happy that I have got myself to do them. They are definitely a self-learning experience, as well as an achievement and experience that I love to share with others. 🙂
While I liked my experience along the way during the 10 days in the Vipassana center / ABC trekking trip, I told myself I had enough of my share and wouldn’t want to do this again. But a few days after the Vipassana course / ABC trekking, my mind changed. It’s really not a bad idea to do them again. Now, if some friends are planning a trekking trip of other trails such as Jomsom or Mt. Everest, I won’t mind to join indeed. And, I am actually interested in checking out the Vipassana centers in other countries. It is nice how there are Vipassana centers all around the world, making it quite convenient, and even fun, just like trying out the McDonald’s in different countries haha 😛