According to S.N. Goenka, the world’s leading teacher of Vipassana meditation and founder of the first center in India in 1969, “we naturally have ‘monkey minds,’ minds that want to swing from branch to branch.” Our minds jump from thought to thought, an endless labyrinth of associations that can (and often do) drive us completely nuts. The goal is to slow that monkey down. And possibly get him to sit still for a moment, and then a minute, and then several minutes… Day 4: With my mind now more noticeably still, I was finally ready to go deeper. I learned how to practice the virtue of ‘equanimity’ by observing or methodically scanning my body for sensation. I was taught to simply to be a witness to the natural ebb and flow of my anatomy, which fortified my grasp of ‘“the universal law of impermanence,” a hallmark of Vipassana’s teachings.