Have you ever tried the Osho meditation techniques?
Osho was an Indian mystic and sage who became wildly popular in the 1970s when he toured America.
Osho redefined meditation.
An artistic and creative guru, Osho gave the world new forms of meditation that incorporated dance and movements. These were loosely based off of previous types of dance meditation.“I am here to seduce you into a love of life; to help you to become a little more poetic; to help you die to the mundane and to the ordinary so that the extraordinary explodes in your life.” -- Osho Click To Tweet
Osho believed that it would be impossible for a person in the modern day to simply sit still and enter a meditate state.
Osho said, “I never tell people to begin with just sitting. With a mad dance, you begin to be aware of a silent point within you; with sitting silently, you begin to be aware of madness.”
Osho was not focused on the idea of meditation being strictly spiritual or religious, either. He believed that meditation could be used for connecting to the divine, for self realisation, or as a way of healing and exercising the mind and body.
The Basic Osho Dynamic Meditation Technique
Osho’s dynamic meditation technique is a powerful exercise for the mind-body.
This technique creates joy and creativity, it connects us to the moment, and it shakes lose and stubborn though-patterns or habits.
There are a few important starting notes that you need to bear in mind before attempting this technique.
What to know before you start
- Firstly, dynamic meditation is entirely about moving when your body feels like it.
- Unlike yoga, for instance, when we are moving through specific poses (asanas), with dynamic meditation we are moving as the body dictates.
- It’s important to allow your body to dictate the way you move, rather than controlling your body with the mind. It’s also important to make sure that you are not inhibiting your body in any way. Move entirely as the body dictates, not more and not less.
- It is also important to practice dynamic meditation in the right place. The right place for dynamic meditation is a large room where you have plenty of space to move without worrying about bumping into anything. It is also important that your room be free of any distractions. Removing any clutter will help.
- It is important to break old body-mind patterns because they keep a person locked in the past. The dynamic meditation will produce feelings of freedom while breaking through their self-imposed walls.
- The dynamic meditation technique is best done in the early morning when the sun is rising and the earth is bursting into life.
- To do the dynamic meditation you must be continuously alert and aware. The meditation has three steps. The first step is breathing, the second step is the purification of feeling and emotion and the third step uses the mantra “Hoo.”
- During the first step, which is the breathing meditation, it is important not to get lost in the breathing but to make sure that you are aware of yourself breathing. You should breathe deeply and fast, using all of your energy to breathe. Just as in other breathing meditations you should make sure that you are aware of the breath, as though you were a spectator looking on. You should maintain this quality of observation during the entire dynamic meditation technique.
Dynamic Meditation Instructions
1) Stand up and close your eyes. Focus on your breathing for five minutes to relax.
2) Now focus on your body. Meditate on the sensations in your body as you would when performing body scan meditation. Before long you will find an impulse to move. It will be as though your body is asking your mind to allow it to move. Go with it. Let the body control the mind. Let your body dictate its own movement. Be loose enough (mentally) to listen to your body and to let it move itself.
3) After ten minutes begin to get more and more into the spiritual dance until you are moving quite actively. Continue to focus on your body while you dance. Dance for twenty minutes with or without music, whichever you prefer. You should feel no distinction between mind and body and no distinction between yourself and the dance. You’re no longer the person dancing. You are the dance.
4) When you are ready to finish, shake out any tension and lie on the floor. Meditate on your surroundings for five minutes (doing open monitoring meditation).
Osho Meditation Technique 2: Nataraj Meditation
Do you love dancing? Are you the type of enlightened person who loves active-meditation styles? Then you are going to love dance meditation.
And you’ll get so much out of it.
Dance meditation is:
- Great for happiness and positivity
- A powerful mood-enhancer
- A great way to change your habits
- And one of the best alternative forms of meditation
The most important of all dance meditations is Osho’s Nataraja technique.
Nataraj is considered a “total meditation”, a meditation in which inner division vanishes and we are left with a completely relaxed state of awareness.
When you practice Nataraj meditation, aim to forget about being a “dancer”. Aim instead to become the dance itself. Connect to the divine energy inside of yourself. Let go.
Stage 1:40 minutes
Stage 1 is the longest stage and should last 40 minutes. In this stage you must dance with your eyes closed. Allow you unconscious to completely take control. Make sure that you are not controlling your movements and that you are not aware of the steps. Just dance. Become one with the spiritual dance.
Stage 2: 20 minutes
The next stage is done lying down and meditating on everything. Meditate on your body and on the environment. Be still and silent.
Stage 3: 5 minutes
This final stage is a celebration. Let go, dance and have fun. Dance how you want to, listening to your body and moving how it dictates. Enjoy the movement. This should be a truly joyous activity.