I think/feel/perceive/intuit/experience Vipassana as a less complicated, more practical way of staying in touch with the here and now. Vipassana does away with the intellectual and leaves thought alone. With the focus on breath and sensation one doesn't get caught up in the gimmicks of therapies. The passive awareness of an objective mind is critical to the here and now. By sitting daily morning and night the mind becomes purer by nature and "who I am" appears. Down deep all of us are kind loving people who have a lot to give. Life has so much negativity in it, not in and of itself, but it's the energies we are exposed to.
[...from the letter of Rick Smith, written on July 26, 2006 to Jonathon. Republished in Letters from the Dhamma Brothers: Meditation Behind Bars. Available for pre-order]