Living with No Regrets

I’ll never forget one piece of advise that someone told me while attending a 10-day Vipasana Meditation course: Never Regret in Life. I recommend this course, if you ever feel like you’re stuck in this autopilot lifestyle and want to have a new experience.

During the 10 days, no one was allowed to have any electronic devices, to have eye contact with other meditators, nor allowed to speak to other meditators; however, speaking to the teacher was permitted. One of the best values I learned at this course was discipline. For 10 days, everything followed an organized schedule: meditators woke up at 4 in the morning to start meditation in the hall, 10 minutes of break between every 2 hours of mediation, breakfast from 7–8am, lunch from 12–1pm, dinner from 6–7pm , with bedtime sharply at 9 o’clock. I saw the beauty in its rhythm and inherent inwardness. I loved this 10 day journey and it was one of the best, and most memorable journeys in my life.

After nine days of complete meditation and silence, we were allowed to share our world with other meditators. I was most looking forward to this day and, for a talkative person like myself, I saw this day as a festival. I tried to talk to everyone and I engaged in those conversations with enthusiasm, learning what had brought the other meditators here and what their passions are. I then saw the old man who had meditated next to me, and had a strong urge to talk to him right away. Soon, we were shaking hands and greeting. Without any delay, I started asking him about his experiences during his 80 years of living.

He told me that he was not a firm believer in meditation and all since he had undergone open heart surgery twice but It was the love for his wife that brought him here. But he said he was about to die one day during this course because he forgot to bring his medication to meditation hall, and finally he was able to make it to the room and get medication before he breathed his final breath. He said what helped him to live that day was his belief that he could live without the medication in that moment.

When he mentioned that he is a business school professor, we began speaking about student life and careers. I explained my interest in Entrepreneurship and I asked the man what was his best piece of advice was. His response was applicable to not only my career, but more importantly to my life. After a pause, he replied, “Never regret in life. If you want to do something, just do it and complete it. Excuses like, ‘I don’t have time’ or ‘I would’ve done it if I had the money or resources’ get you nowhere. Never look back on a moment with regret.” The advice from the old man gave me a lot of confidence and pushed my boundaries. I now am conscience of that advice in every choice I make. I live in the moment and try to take advantage of the time I have, using it for the best.

“Carpe diem = enjoy, seize, use, make use of the day”

Seize the day or regret the time you lost.