Active Meditation is the process of witnessing while being engaged in activity.
To experience a truly meditative state of self-aware consciousness at all times, we need to completely disengage from our thoughts, emotions, and body at every given moment. This is difficult, or almost impossible to achieve when we are physically, mentally, and emotionally stressed.
Through structured activity and movement such as chaotic breathing, catharsis, expression, laughter, crying, shaking, jumping, dance, or gibberish Active Meditation helps to first release stress, rebalance the mind and purify the body of the many layers of repressed thought forms and emotions accumulated in the body and energy. Free expression practiced in a well-considered and organized way naturally brings about physical and mental relaxation, which then helps to prepare the necessary ground for self-observation and witnessing to happen on its own accord. In particular, the Osho Active Meditations are jet-speed methods that have helped even the busiest minds to experience silent gaps of inner peace quickly and effortlessly.
Active vs. Passive Meditation
At their core, there is no difference between active and passive meditations. The intent of these methods is the same - to empty the mind and help us connect with our inner witnessing presence.
Normally, when we think of meditation, we imagine it to be something that happens by sitting motionless in silence. This is far from the truth. Although silent sitting makes it easier to draw our attention and energy inward so that we are able to look inside and watch our breath, body, thoughts, and emotions, physical inactivity alone is not enough to attain lasting awareness of our inner silence and stillness.
Traditionally, meditation has been practiced through passive sitting and self-observation. This kind of watchfulness is the core of the meditation technique known as Vipassana. Vipassana was used by Gautama the Buddha twenty-five hundred centuries ago. Passive sitting and observation was much easier to practice in Buddha's time than it is today, because people then lived closer to nature and were more relaxed and heart-centered.
In our society, when we are faced with progressively increasing mental and physical activity and speed, and are preoccupied with worries, aches and pains, or feel alone and depressed, quieting the mind through passive sitting feels like a monumental task that very few can achieve. Multiple layers of suppressed emotions and beliefs are accumulated in our energy and body, which we are often unable to release. Consequently, trying to break through these dense layers of thought forms and emotions with passive sitting alone is extremely difficult.
To help the contemporary seeker solve this problem and reach an experience of self-awareness and inner stillness much faster, Osho, the twentieth century Indian mystic, created several new Active Meditation methods. These methods have been used by millions of people around the globe since the early seventies, with tremendous results. Not only the Active Meditations are fast and effective, they are also fun to practice.
Each Osho Active Meditation technique is about one hour long and is divided into 3 to 5 stages. It comes with its own pre-recorded music, which helps to enhance the overall experience of the meditation, as well as carry the meditator from one stage to the next without needing to engage the mind. You can practice the Osho Active Meditations in the comfort of your own home, either alone or with friends and family.
It is important that the meditation technique you choose be enjoyable to practice. Even if you choose only one Meditation technique, but do it regularly (at least once or twice a week) you will feel a tremendous change in your personal, spiritual, and work life.
To prevent your practice from becoming mechanical, it is good to alternate between the meditation techniques once in a while and then return to the one you like to practice most.
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