- Maxene Magalona and her husband did the ten-day silent retreat after yoga training completion
- They have been staying in Indonesia for some time now because of the pandemic
- The actress shared how she struggled with the discomfort at the beginning of the retreat
- In the end, she gained new wisdom that can be helpful in facing life’s anxieties
Maxene Magalona shared about their experience doing the ten-day silent retreat in Bali, Indonesia, following her yoga training.
Maxene, together with her husband Robbie Manangquil, has remained in Indonesia for the meantime. Last month, it was also in Indonesia that she celebrated her 34th birthday.
Francis Magalona’s daughter shared on Instagram some photos of her experiences in the country, including those after they completed the Vipassana meditation.
The Vipassana meditation is a ten-day silent retreat, which is among the oldest forms of meditation in India. As Maxene explained in her post, “vipassana” means insight or clear seeing. It involves a daily ten-hour sitting in meditation for ten days.
Maxene explained in a lengthy post what they experienced and learned from the said retreat. According to her, it helped both of them achieve the kind of insight that treats reality as plain as it is.
“Learning this meditation technique allowed us to see reality just as it is with no judgment, stories or labels. We suffer from pain, fear, doubt and anxiety because we tend to create narratives around situations. We have so many expectations and when things don’t go our way, we get extremely frustrated.”
The “Doble Kara” antagonist also shared how she experienced a high level of distress and frustration during the retreat’s first days. According to her, she found it very uncomfortable trying to meditate in a sitting position for ten hours a day. However, soon, she discovered how to make the pain bearable.
“My legs were in so much pain! I couldn’t stop fidgeting and squirming. Our teacher @meditationdave encouraged us to try our best not to react and just sit through the discomfort as he assured us that the pain was only temporary. True enough, the less I reacted to the uncomfortable feelings, the less it became unbearable. I started getting used to it.”
In the end, she revealed her newly gained wisdom:
“I found myself smiling as I realized that this was exactly what life was about —a blissful balance between pleasure and pain. We just have to surrender and trust that God will take care of us. We need only be still.”
It can be recalled that Maxene has been struggling with a mental condition called Complex Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. This is the reason why she enrolled in yoga training.
Maxene Magalona is a Filipina actress who came from a celebrity clan. Her father was the late Francis “Kiko” Magalona, who was considered to be the “Master Rapper” of the Philippines. Her grandparents, Pancho Magalona and Tita Duran were also actors. Two of her siblings, Saab and Elmo, also joined the showbusiness industry. She is also related to Regine Velasquez.
Maxene is not the only celebrity who went to Indonesia to undergo a kind of mental training. Recently, Ellen Adarna also finished her training, also in Bali, by walking for 26 hours with no sleep. The actress decided to go through the said training to overcome depression.
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