Vipassana (Insight) Meditation Practice in Illness

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Aree Nuibandan
Tippamas Chinnawong


Practicing Vipassana (Insight) meditation means having awareness or mindfulness by observing body/ suffer/ mind and dhamma .The practitioners can practice by being aware of whatever arises at the moment of its occurrence, noting at body movement and the effect of eye ear nose tongue body and mind and noting the feelings of mind. While walking, do note on left and right leg. When conducting sitting meditation, do note on breathing in and out by looking at nose or abdomen rise-fall movement. While practicing must observe whatever arises at the moment such as eye-seeing, ear-hearing, nose-smelling, tongue-tasting, body-sensations, hot cool tension, and mind- thinking. If you are healthy, you can practice walking meditation by right leg-pushing and left leg-pushing for 20 minutes and practice sitting meditation for 20 minutes. If you are weak and cannot walk, you can sit or lie down and conduct meditation by lifting and dropping your hands or only one hand by knowing hand movement for 20 minutes then practice sleeping meditation with closed eyes for 20 minutes. If you are very weak and bed ridden, you even cannot move your hand but you still breath and have feelings, so you can meditate by noting the breathing in and out, knowing all sensations such as suffering (pain, dyspnea), or feelings (fear, sad, depress, stress or anxiety etc.). You must observe the nature of its occurrence until your breathing has gone.


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Nuibandan, A., & Chinnawong, T. (2012). Vipassana (Insight) Meditation Practice in Illness. Journal of Research in Nursing-Midwifery and Health Sciences, 32(2), 69–74. Retrieved from
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Aree Nuibandan, Department of Surgical Nursing, Faculty of Nursing, Prince of Songkla University

Tippamas Chinnawong, Department of Surgical Nursing, Faculty of Nursing, Prince of Songkla University