Meditation? Not now. I’m not doing so good.
Meditation is just beautiful, isn’t it? Candles, dimmed light, the soft sounds of Tibetan singing bowls…Just that sometimes I’m much rather in the mood to smash those clanking instruments against the wall or to run away as fast as possible, probably from my own world weariness. And of course it is precisely in those moments that I’m most in need of meditation to reconnect with myself. But I just can’t bring myself to sit down in silence.
Then I may just have the right thing for you.
Osho’s Active Meditations
During the first two years at my meditation school we were often starting our days with one of Osho’s active meditations. And, oh my, they really do work wonders! Active meditations are – as their name implies – all about physical activity and a beautiful tool to get rid of excessive energy. My most favourite one is the Osho Kundalini meditation, also referred to as the shaking meditation. It consists of four stages, each 15 minutes:
Here are the instructions from the official Osho homepage, where you can also find further information to the Kundalini meditation:
“Instructions:The meditation is one hour long, with four stages.First Stage: 15 minutesBe loose and let your whole body shake, feeling the energies moving up from your feet. Let go everywhere and become the shaking. Your eyes may be open or closed.Second Stage: 15 minutesDance … any way you feel, and let the whole body move as it wishes. Again, your eyes can be open or closed.Third Stage: 15 minutesClose your eyes and be still, sitting or standing, observing, witnessing, whatever is happening inside and out.Fourth Stage: 15 minutesKeeping your eyes closed, lie down and be still.”
The (specifically for Osho composed) music by Joseph Deuter to the four stages is available in the apple store and also on spotify. If you don’t have an apple music or spotify account there is a free version available for streaming here.
If you’re not familiar with active meditations you may feel weird about all the shaking and dancing at first. That’s because we’re so stuck up in our minds and used to do what is “normal”. But exactly those firm mental rules we impose on ourselves can be the reason for a big part of the negativity we carry around all day. I’m sure you’ll get over any feelings of insecurity you may experience at first if you manage to find a quiet, undisturbed place where you can really be yourself. It may also help to wear a blindfold to focus completely on your inner world.
I hope you enjoy this liberating meditation as much as I do. I wish you all a great week full of love, light and serenity.