No phones. No music. No writing. No reading. No talking. I began to digest the fact that this seemingly contemptuous litany of ‘no’s’ also meant: no whining, complaining, venting, tweeting, texting, blogging, blabbing, pinging, poking, sending, receiving, screening, downloading, uploading.My mind screamed, “No way!’ as I headed into a 10-day silent Vipassana retreat for the first time a few years ago. A close friend and colleague of mine in New York had been raving about it for years, and I finally decided to look into it. Vipassana, according to its mission statement, “is one of India’s most ancient techniques of meditation, and means ‘to see things as they really are.’ It was rediscovered by Buddha more than 2,500 years ago and taught by him as a universal remedy for universal ills—as the Art of Living.” After some initial research, I discovered that there are Vipassana meditation centers all over the world, and that the facilities and coursework are all completely free of charge. Yes, free. See for yourself at dhamma.org.