What is Meditation?
The word ‘mindfulness’ is often used to mean meditation and awareness.
Meditation is not so much a practice but an awareness of how it feels and what it means to be present in the moment.
Meditation is nothing but a time when you can relax utterly into yourself, when you close all your doors, all your senses. You disappear from the world. You forget the world as if it exists no more - no newspapers, no radio, no television, no people. You are alone in your innermost being, relaxed, at home. - Osho
Active Meditation versus Passive Meditation
Active meditation techniques use unorthodox, non-traditional methods such as high-energy body movements, dance, emotional release, and rapid chaotic breathing; whereas passive meditation techniques involve more silent sitting methods, listening, or as in Zazen, simply doing nothing.
Why is Active Meditation Important?
Passive meditation techniques can be difficult when we lead such busy lives, especially in urban environments like New York City. This is why active meditations are needed. They can help us cope better with hectic, stressful lifestyles so that relaxation is more easily experienced. The active meditation techniques of Osho’s are powerful, their effect profound and life-changing. They are revolutionary and can be essentially described as the art of living.
Meditation Techniques versus the State of Meditation
There is an important distinction to be made between a meditation technique and the state of meditation. Techniques are not the state. They simply prepare the ground for meditation to happen. We can simply enjoy the technique for its own sake and then if meditation happen … great! If it doesn’t … well, we have enjoyed the dance, the method, and a few moments of relaxation.
A relaxed and alert state of consciousness brings us to simply witnessing, or watching: watching the body and its movements, and even watching the mind, which is more difficult because thoughts are more subtle and continuously coming and going. Finally, we develop the capacity to watch how emotions come and go. This can become a part of daily life and not something separate to be practiced at certain times.
Meditation as a Tool
Meditation is a powerful resource that bridges our inner subjective world with the outer objective reality. It enhances our perception of our body and the ever changing waves of our emotions and mind.
In the meditation methods Osho developed, everyone can find a technique that supports their growth process and deepen the connection with oneself and life. In this way, meditation is an incredible self-empowerment, because we are the one providing the space for ourselves to open into more:
A non-judgmental attitude to ourselves and others
What happens in our personal meditation is independent from any outer influence. It is about us and our connection to ourselves. All our energy goes inside - an incredible empowerment for our own strength, into being here and now.
Meditative Therapy is not just a method to solve personal problems, but also prepares and leads a person towards meditation. Therapy can be defined as a way to create a state of well-being within the body and mind, while meditation leads to a state that is beyond the mind. Peace, harmony and personal fulfillment are never fully possible within the dimension of mind, because mind by its nature is a problem-creating mechanism. If you solve one problem, it will inevitably create another. If you find the answer to one question, many more questions arise.
That is why some mystics have likened the mind to a tree that is being pruned or trimmed: you cut off one branch and in response the tree grows many branches in its place. The real solution is to step outside the dimension of mind and enter the dimension of No Mind in which silence, peace and bliss are experienced naturally. Meditation techniques are ways to arrive at such a state.