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If there is one factor that the vast majority of us have in common today it is stress.
Chronic stress affects us on every level, negatively impacting our health, our contact with ourselves and others, our ability to function optimally in the work place, and in all other aspects of our lives.
Stress also becomes a barrier to turning inwards.
Turning in, or meditation, allows us:
We may understand the need to minimize stress and to unwind; we may appreciate that moving inwards is the way to go.
But to sit down for twenty minutes, to close our
eyes and attempt to still our incessant thoughts and feelings and
restless body, is impossible. In fact, trying to relax creates more tension, as we do battle with
ourselves and then emerge from the attempt feeling demoralized, feeling
that "meditation might work for others but it is not for me!"
The good news is: The problem lies not with you,
but with the method.
Your body is restless?
Meditation is not something to do once or twice a day in order to chill out for a time, before resuming your normal activities in what may be your usual frenetic, mechanical, unaware way!
In fact, meditation is not something to be done but a quality – of relaxed awareness – that we can access and have as a current running through all that we do.
"Of course in the beginning you have to start.
You do [the method] in the morning, sometimes you do it in the evening;
then you forget about it. Even that helps," Osho acknowledges, "but
it is not meditation yet; it is still an activity. It has not become
part of your being. It is not yet like breathing. Can you do breathing
in the morning and then leave it? It must become like breathing,
continuously with you. And a moment comes when it becomes even deeper
All seven Osho Active Methods feature at least one
active step – of, for example, dancing, breathing, verbal release,
jogging, laughter, crying, or shouting, and so on – which then leads
you, easily and naturally, into a passive stage or stages.
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