I was looking at the Vipassana course schedule recently and then reread an old post of yours. I thought I'd give you a heads up...May is now open for application! :) They fill quick and you can always cancel if need be.
Hey that is so great to hear! I'm so glad you are doing so well :-))
"Now since I've been able to eat for the purpose of good body function I've been able to get out and live life instead of stay home sick."
It's great to receive your update, I've been meaning to contact you for a while but just so busy! This is the best possible news I could get from you, let me know if you ever need some complimentary assistance on your path X
Ohh yeah, that was it! Yeah I was going to say that I don't think it's necessary to take any courses. In fact once you're armed with the basics it seems to be better to learn most of it intuitively. The more you learn from books and other people's experiences, the harder it is to remove this knowledge from becoming expectations that you carry into your own practice. When it comes to vipassana I've found Mindfulness - In Plain English to be the most practical.
You seem to be quite up on related areas though. Is this from your educational background or have you studied it in your spare time?
When it comes to meditation in general, I think the benefit of classes are:
1) People that plan to meditate but "don't get around to it" actually have an allotted time to stick to.
2) It can be good to share your experiences and meet likeminded people. Especially those that experience meditation in a similar way to you.
3) It can be very positive being around others that share a focus with you.
The problem (imo) is that it is quite hard to teach, since everyone experiences it subjectively. No one can tell you what to feel, since it is your experience to have. You can learn what to do (or what not to do, as it were!), but the only thing that will really help you make progress is practice.
Doing a lot of practice at once isn't particularly beneficial compared to steady and regular practice either, so classes can't 'condense' the learning effectively either. Lastly, it's cheaper to go it alone, a class/guidance is probably more worthwhile if you hit a plateau or need help with a problem!
I'm a numpty! I remember seeing your question, thinking of an answer and now I can't find the question or remember my answer 8)! What was it again? Time to go improve my cognition with some meditation I think :S
i use a food proccesser and use dates and a lil raisins as the base so everything sticks together nicely then i add in w.e i want it to taste like, either mixed berries or goji berries or ginger and pears...i also add in a pinch of either dulse or kelp for electrolytes...the only liquid i'd use is some coconut water but VERY little cuz u want the bars as dry as possible so they stick well together and rnt soggy...
if im hiking and need more protein in the bars i'll add both ground flax and hemp seed