The Eastern mystic Osho (1931–1990) said that the mind of modern humans is often too restless to allow us to meditate easily. So he worked with his disciples to develop what he called “active meditations” which first exercise the mind and body, and then allow inner silence to happen on its own.
The principle, Osho said, is that the mind is like restless children: if you try to get them to sit still they can't, but if you make them run around the house a few times then they will be still naturally.
The first and most powerful active meditation that Osho developed is called Dynamic Meditation. It is meant to be practised at dawn. It is said that after practising Dynamic for three weeks, your life will begin to change, and after three months, the changes will start becoming permanent.
To balance out the “male” energy of Dynamic, Osho also created the more feminine Kundalini Meditation, which is meant to be practised at sunset, or at the end of your work day.
There are many other Osho active meditations which you are welcome to try as well, however these two are recommended as a daily practise to prepare for The Gathering.
Dynamic Meditation has five stages, which are performed to an audio recording with eyes closed.
- Deep, fast, chaotic breathing through the nose, with emphasis on the outbreath, for 10 minutes.
- Catharsis: scream, laugh, cry, jump, yell, shake, writhe around. Let all of your repressed emotions and madness express itself spontaneously for 10 minutes.
- Jump with arms raised, letting the heels come down to hit the floor. Shout "Hoo!" with every heel strike, visualising an impact on your first chakra awakening the kundalini energy. 10 minutes.
- On the audio, when Osho shouts "Stop!", freeze in exactly the position you are in with no movement for 15 minutes.
- Dance spontaneously and celebrate for 15 minutes.
You can order the audio for Dynamic Meditation online as a CD or an MP3.
Kundalini meditation is intended to be practised at sunset, or at the end of your workday, to shake off the stresses of the day and help your evening deepen in meditation. Like Dynamic, it is performed to an audio recording. It has 4 stages, each lasting 15 minutes.
- Let the body stand loosely and shake. Try to allow the shaking to happen spontaneously on its own, without any conscious effort. The shaking may be subtle or vigorous, and may vary in intensity. The eyes may be open or closed.
- When the music changes, allow the body to start to dance in whatever way it feels like moving. Again, allow the dance to be spontaneous and free without conscious intent. Eyes may be open or closed.
- When the music changes again, allow the body to become still, either standing or sitting, with eyes closed, and simply witness everything that is happening inside and out.
- Sit or lie, with eyes closed, in silence. A gong sounds to end the meditation.
You can order the audio for Kundalini Meditation online as a CD or an MP3.
It is usually more effective to practise these meditations in a group setting, ideally with an experienced facilitator. There are Osho centers around the world who may offer regular meditations, or you may be able to form a group locally to practise together.
Osho Active Meditations at The Gathering
Dynamic, Kundalini, and other Osho active meditations will be an important part of The Gathering, a 7-day "Spiritual Woodstock" event in July 2012 that is bringing together awakened teachers from all the world's traditions. Click here to read more about The Gathering.