Yuval Noah Harari on how Vipassana shaped his success story
"I would give people three warnings about starting to meditate. First, it is serious and hard work. You often encounter things in yourself that you spend your whole life escaping— maybe it is your fears, maybe your guilt, maybe your boredom. It can be a very difficult experience. Secondly, because it can be so difficult, don't try to do it all by yourself. Look for a good teacher. Thirdly, don't look for special experiences. It is a method to get to know yourself better and accept reality as it is. Sometimes people think that if they experience something special, or if they have some very pleasant feeling, this is a good meditation, while if they just feel pain or fear or boredom, this is a bad meditation. That's not the case. If you mediate for an hour and feel nothing but pain and boredom but you get to know your pain and boredom better and you learn how to accept them, that's a wonderful meditation."