Are you feeling low even after giving your best to meet expectations at home and work? Do you feel that your emotions are on the back-burner as you lead a mechanical life? Shrewd calculations rule our life, and there is no room for unconditional alliances.
We all may crib about the toxicity of society today but do we remember that even we are a part and parcel of it? And is there any single method to break free from the shackles of duty and give vent to our pent up emotions? Well, we are talking about Osho Meditation! Want to know more? Go ahead with the read!
A Brief Intro About Osho:
Born on 11th December, 1931 in Madhya Pradesh, Chandra Mohan Jain, was an Indian motivator, public speaker, and a mystic guru. In the 1960s, he became popular as Acharya Rajneesh, a spiritual teacher. It was not until 1989 that he got the sobriquet of Osho from his followers. He became world famous with the same title. He left for his heavenly abode on 19th January, 1990 at the age of 58 years.
Dynamic in personality and path-breaking in his approach, Osho saw the redundancy of all the traditional forms of spirituality. He knew that the current world scenario demanded a new set of rules to attain enlightenment and inner peace. On account of his futuristic vision, he was popular among the modern generation and western people. Putting considerable time and effort in the research of the human mind, body, heart and soul, he put forward more than 100 different meditation techniques. His active meditation approach enjoys great popularity across the globe till date.
What Is Meditation?
Meditation is the method of knowing yourself inside out and unraveling your true hidden potential. Hence, you can call it a science of self-attainment or awareness. It has no caste, status, nationality or religious restrictions and anyone who is ready to know his true self can practice it. It helps your realize that the power lies within you, and there is no one to contain or authorize your actions.
Meditation helps you control the state of your mind. It increases your level of consciousness making you more alive, intelligent, free and sensitive. In this fast-paced world, meditation gives us the time to introspect our feelings, thoughts, and emotions and transcend into a state of happiness and ecstasy.
Why Should You Practice Active Meditation?
The modern generation has its unique lifestyle, which hardly bears any resemblance to the ancient times. So the traditional methods of spirituality need to give way to a modern approach that matches the current scenario. The world is artificial now in comparison to what it was centuries ago. Earlier people took decisions from their hearts, but now there is a shift in control. Your brain decides and dominates your activities each day of your life. There is no room for the heart in this race for survival of the fittest. Hence, the focal point of active meditation is to lower this central point with the influence of chaos. Our mind is not as adept to handle a chaotic situation as it is to a systematic procedure.
Nowadays, heart has become a slave to your mind and has no role to play in regulating your daily actions. Your mind suppresses the longings coming from deep within the heart and denies you the pleasures of life. Active meditation restores this pleasure by making your heart free, opening your imagination and letting it wander free and wild. It lets you do all things from your heart and experience the world around you honestly. It allows you to express your emotions freely and lets you break free from a mechanical existence. If you don’t introduce chaos into the system, you will not be able to offset the mind. It will use all the systematic approaches for its benefit, i.e., to fulfill its purpose of knowledge enhancement. It will make you a puppet in the hands of your brain.
Hence, you can easily understand that the primary function of active meditation is to incorporate a modern approach and bring back your consciousness to its root. The two most famous Osho Meditation techniques are Dynamic Meditation and Kundalini Meditation.
How To Perform Osho Meditation?
Osho Dynamic Meditation employs five broad stages and lasts for an hour. You need to keep your eyes closed for the entire duration, and you can practice it alone or in a group. As the name suggests it is very dynamic in nature, making it rapid, fast, intense and also impromptu in parts.
Stage 1: This stage lasts for 10 minutes and only involves breathing exercises. You need to take deep, intense breaths in a non-rhythmic pattern creating a situation of chaos in your body through your nose. The entire concentration should be on exhalation and by this inhalation will automatically happen with contraction of diaphragms. You need to make sure that every breath goes deep into the lungs, and the intensity keeps on increasing until you feel like you are the breath. Do not restrict your bodily movements and ensure that you don’t lose energy at any point in time.
Stage 2: Again a 10-minute stage it requires you to let go of yourself completely into a state of conscious madness. For this, you need to do whatever your heart tells you to do. It may include activities like acting, singing, dancing, jumping, shouting, running, rolling, laughing, shaking, punching, kicking, and even screaming. You should not try to control any emotion and vent it out without any inhibitions.
Stage 3: A 10-minute heavy workout stage. You need to raise your hands up in the air and jump as high as possible coming down on the ground with a deep thump and a loud roar of ‘Hoo’. Make sure that you drill the sound completely into your system and tire yourself out before you move on to the next stage.
Stage 4: The stage is a sharp contrast to all the earlier stages. Lasting for a duration of 15 minutes this stage demands you to freeze completely in your last position without even twitching and simply experience the world around you and feel your inner self.
Stage 5: Music accompanies the final stage, during which you need to dance for 15 minutes expressing yourself fully and celebrating yourself.
How To Perform Osho Kundalini Meditation?
Osho Kundalini Meditation is another form of active meditation and a perfect sister of the Dynamic approach mentioned above. The best time of the day to perform this meditation is late afternoon or at twilight. It is a perfect way to unwind after a long day and involves shaking, dancing and a state of stillness. It has four stages to it.
Stage 1: The stage lasts for 15 minutes and in this you should let go of your stiff body. Start shaking chaotically and feel the energy flow from the bottom to the top of your body. Shake as hard as you can, in any direction you want, in any way you enjoy until you feel like you are the perfect embodiment of chaos itself. You can open your eyes or may close it, depending on your wish.
Stage 2: Dancing is the main component of this stage that lasts for 15 minutes. You need to dance wildly letting your body free and not restricting its movements in any way. You don’t need to perform a systematic dance routine, but do whatever comes to you spontaneously, shedding all inhibitions. Again for this stage you may keep your eyes open or close it as you wish.
Stage 3: The stage lasts for a duration of 15 minutes during which you need to be completely still keeping both your eyes shut. You may sit or stand as you wish and feel your inner self and the world around you. You can silently witness your transformation.
[ Read: Yoga Dance Therapy ]
Stage 4: This stage involves the complete transfer of energy that you generated in the lower part of your body to the upper reaches. For this reason, you need to lie down still for 15 minutes closing your eyes and soaking in every bit of your energy.
By understanding the meaning of meditation, purpose of Osho Active Meditation and the steps to perform it, you have unlocked a simple solution to all your pains and hardships and paved a path to achieve pure bliss.
So, why wait? Go right ahead and take the first step to being at peace with yourself today. It will help you be in harmony with your emotions and enjoy the little joys that life offers to you.
Do let us know how meditation is helping you fight stress.
If you practice Osho Dynamic Meditation or Osho Kundalini Meditation, please share your experiences with us. Also, let us know if you practice any alternate technique of meditation.
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