Meditation has been for me the most important tool to get to understand myself, become more aware and therefore by itself I slowly changed. I became more alive, joyful and happy. Often when I talk about meditation I experience that a lot of people don’t know what it really is or how it can benefit them. For me meditation is a method to get to understand my body, my thoughts and my emotions. A method for becoming more sensitive, silent and aware. Today a little more about meditation and how to get started with a very simple method.
Most of us think of meditation as sitting in the classic Buddha pose, sitting on the ground, legs folded and being silent. Having no idea about the process of meditation it is hard to understand how it can benefit you. And a lot of people tell me they try to make some time for themselves and sit in silence with their thoughts but they find it too difficult, too hard. Because their thoughts keep on making noise in their heads and they don’t allow them to be silent. Even worse the thoughts that come up most often are not fun to look at, negative, dark or even destructive. So that’s a place they rather not be and then drop meditation completely.
So the first tip I want you to know when starting meditation is love yourself, before anything make it a practice to start loving yourself, how? Just by not judging yourself anymore and accepting yourself, no matter what! That’s what loving yourself is. Try to do this every morning when you wake up and every evening when you go to bed. It will help you when you start with meditation.
Next, know that there are many meditation techniques and since everyone is different try to find which one suits you best. You can simply go online and search for meditation techniques. By doing this on your own you probably find very quickly what you are looking for, just have an open mind.
For me it really started with The Book of Secrets (Vigyan Bhairav Tantra) in which Osho speaks about the 112 methods of meditation given by Shiva to his consort, Devi. Osho explains:
“Really, when you try the right method it clicks immediately. So I will go on talking about methods here every day. You try them. Just play with them – go home and try… And these methods are simple, you can just play with them.
Take one method and play with it for at least three days. If it gives you a certain feeling of affinity, if it gives you a certain feeling of well-being, if it gives you a certain feeling that this is for you, then be serious about it. Then forget the others, do not play with other methods. Stick to it – at least three months. Miracles are possible. The only thing is that the technique must be for you”.
You can find all the 112 meditation techniques here: 112 meditations from The Book of Secrets (vol.1 & 2)
And for those of you who want to start playing (because that’s what it should be) immediately with meditation you can try the following method. It’s should be the easiest one and you can try it anywhere, anytime. Please feel free to leave a comment about your experiences with meditation, I would love to hear some stories and suggestions.
My way of meditation is very simple….
This experience of absolute organic unity of your consciousness has been called by different names — moksha, nirvana, liberation, enlightenment, illumination. Whatever word you choose makes no difference. But this is the ultimate peak, this is the ultimate goal of human life.
So my method is very simple. You need not even sit to do it. You can do it anywhere — walking on the street, sitting in the bus, sitting in the plane, eating, even sleeping …..
—- Question : “ WHAT IS YOUR WAY OF MEDITATION? “
—– OSHO: “ My way of meditation is very simple. There are one hundred and twelve methods of meditation. Out of all of those I have chosen the most simple — the most easily done. I call it witnessing.
The moment you witness something you become separate from it, you are the witness, the thing becomes an object — the witnessed.
If you are walking on the road, and you are also witnessing that you are walking — not going along just like a robot, mechanical, everyday habit, the road is known, the legs know it, you can even walk with closed eyes. But walking with absolute alertness every step, every fall of a leaf, every ray of the sun, every bird flying in front of you, fully alert… slowly, slowly, you become aware that you are not the body that is walking, you are something inside which is witnessing.
Once you have witnessed your body, you have got the knack of the method. Then you start witnessing your thoughts — sitting silently, just watching the rush of thoughts, not interfering, not saying, “This is good. This is bad.” Not justifying, not appreciating, no judgment… non-judgmental witnessing, just like the mirror. Anybody passes by, the mirror reflects it; that’s all, it makes no comment.
Strangely enough, when you stop making comments on the thoughts, they begin to stop; your comments keep them alive. Once you are simply a mirrorlike witness, thoughts disappear, and you become aware of a deeper layer, of emotions, moods, which are very subtle. You are not even aware many times that you are sad. You are often not aware of what your emotional state is — it is very deep, there is a thick layer of thoughts. When thoughts have stopped, then you become aware of a very subtle breeze — and there is a great joy to see it pass. The method remains the same — you remain a witness without judgment.
First body, second mind, third heart. And the fourth happens on its own.
I call my way the fourth way because after the third you cannot do anything. Once your emotions and moods disappear, suddenly there is a quantum leap — the witness has nothing to witness anymore. It comes home. It witnesses itself. It becomes both the seer and the seen, the object and the subject, and for the first time you have unity. This experience of absolute organic unity of your consciousness has been called by different names — moksha, nirvana, liberation, enlightenment, illumination. Whatever word you choose makes no difference. But this is the ultimate peak, this is the ultimate goal of human life.
So my method is very simple. You need not even sit to do it. You can do it anywhere — walking on the street, sitting in the bus, sitting in the plane, eating, even sleeping. When you are going to sleep you don’t fall asleep suddenly, it takes a few minutes; just watch how the sleep comes in. Slowly, slowly, you will see sleep coming in, and as your witnessing becomes deeper there comes a moment when you can see that the whole night you are asleep yet still alert.
I have tried almost all one hundred and twelve methods. That list is exhaustive, there is no possibility of adding a single method more. You can make a method of combinations, but those one hundred and twelve are exhaustive.
Out of them all I have chosen witnessing, because most of them are based on this in different ways.
For example, if while making love you also witness, it becomes Tantra.
Tantra has taken one method, used it for love, and changed the whole sexual energy into a spiritual phenomenon. That’s what I have been talking about, and I have been misunderstood by almost everybody. They think I am teaching free sex. I am teaching meditative sex, and they think I am teaching free sex. I was simply teaching that if you can make sex an object of meditation you can become free of it — because with meditation the energy starts moving higher and higher.
My sannyasins who have been with me are puzzled that they have lost all interest in sex. And the people who have been condemning me — that is their own imagination, their own creation, the whole idea of free sex. But it is sensational, particularly in a country which is very repressive about sex.
To me, sex is as natural as everything else. If we can make sleeping a meditation, if we can make eating a meditation, why leave sex out? And sex is so powerful that it should not be left out; otherwise, that will create disturbance. It should be absorbed into your total meditative process. It should become an organic unity.
Book – The Last Testament (Volume 4) , Chapter # 15, Chapter Name – None, Date – 24 November 1985 Evening, Venue – Manali, India