What is meditation?
The Chinese word “Meditation” is translated from the English “Meditation”, but its most primitive origin is the Sanskrit “Dhyana”. It’s not concentration, it’s not contemplation, it’s not meditation, these are functions of the mind and meditation is beyond psychological. Meditation means watching and sees things the way it is. There is neither subject nor object, neither concentration nor contemplation. Just sit quietly and watch everything happen. In doing so, you transcend all concepts and ideas in your head and enter the realm of essential existence.
At its most basic core, the meditative soul is learning how to watch with no judgment, no likes and dislikes, just simply watching what happens. Meditation can’t be “done” – you can’t do it, you can’t practice it, you can only experience it. Meditation is not doing, on the contrary, it is non-doing, being here and now, simply being, staying in one’s center, totally relaxed, doing nothing – no action, no thought, no emotion, just exist. It’s a total joy, it’s everywhere, it doesn’t need a cause, because the whole universe is made up of joy.
Meditate in your life
Meditation is not an escape from life, but a new way of life. As you become more and more familiar with awareness and watching, and how to keep your own nature free from external interference, you can begin to learn the second part of meditation. First learn how to be at your center; then, learn how to act. You can start doing simple daily chores and keep watching at the same time. Let the outer action go on without disturbing the inner peace at all. Gradually, you can do more complicated things while the inner space remains peaceful. In doing so, you become the center of the typhoon – there is a lot going on on the outside, and there is total silence on the inside. From the outside, your normal life may have a more peaceful and graceful atmosphere; on the inside, you are like a watcher on the top of a mountain, sitting quietly and watching everything happen around you.
Modern meditation techniques
Essentially, meditation is a state of inaction and relaxation. But before we truly understand the true meaning of Wuwei, there are many techniques that can help. Since the way of life and environment of modern people is quite different from that of past times, Osho has designed many new meditation techniques especially for us. The biggest difference between these meditation techniques and traditional methods is that most of them include the active stage. People must use dance, running, breathing, venting and other methods to relieve the accumulated tension and pressure in the physical and mental system, and then enter the The stage of tranquility and contemplation.
Disciplined and regular meditation helps maintain the vitality of the body, renew energy, relieve stress, relax the mind, stabilize emotions, and of course it is the best way to practice mindfulness. Some meditation techniques involve high-intensity physical movement, such as running or jumping; some use the vibrational frequencies of music and sound; and some are pure contemplation. Generally speaking, different types of people tend to like different meditations. You can choose a certain kind of meditation, do it continuously for a period of time, and then decide whether it is suitable for you. And for most people, like it or not, high-intensity venting meditation is often helpful.