Meditation. The word possibly evokes an image of a person sitting still, eyes closed, in a lotus posture in a quiet setting. What if you take a radically different approach — dancing, jumping, rolling, swaying back and forth, even screaming and punching — to reap the benefits of meditation? Say hello, to active meditation!
Meditation has been universally accepted as a stress buster for many emotional and physical ailments. Active meditation is an alternative approach, which is based on the premise that traditional, static meditation is not the right fit for the needs of modern living.
Active meditation was introduced by Indian spiritual leader Osho. He says, “In Buddha’s time, dynamic methods of meditation were not needed. People were more simple, more authentic. They lived a more real life. Now, people are living a very repressed life, a very unreal life. When they don’t want to smile, they smile. When they want to be angry, they show compassion. People are false, the whole life pattern is false. People are just acting, not living. Many incomplete experiences go on being collected, piled up inside their minds.”
What is active meditation?
Active Meditation is Movement in Meditation. Active meditation involves physical activity combined with traditional techniques. Active Meditation is the meditation for the modern man.
Active meditation is holistic
Physical activity combined with meditation makes active meditation a more inclusive approach to wellbeing. The movements in this technique lead to mental relaxation, as well as physical fitness.
How is active meditation beneficial for contemporary lifestyle?
To understand the benefits of active meditation and how it eases the woes of modern living, read on:
It makes up for today’s sedentary lifestyle
Osho’s fundamental argument for active meditation that humans have changed in time is true regarding the kind of lifestyles that we lead. Present day jobs involve long sitting hours, often mechanical, resulting in physical as well as mental fatigue. Active meditation is a good break to take from a sedentary lifestyle.
Release of mental stress
There are elements of catharsis (cleansing) in active meditation. The methods of unburdening suppressions explicitly can help relieve mental stress easily. It is definitely right to say that the stress levels are higher and more evident in today’s living conditions. Active meditation stresses greatly on unwinding.
Self awareness, including physical awareness
We stay focused on our current existence and activity through active meditation. This improves our self-awareness and helps us connect to our physical being, emotions and our mind. Practitioners vouch that attaining this level of awareness can tremendously enhance our experience of life events and pump more energy into our existence.
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