Thursday, April 30, 2020

Osho Dynamic Meditation

Ruwan M Jayatunge M.D. 

Dynamic meditation is one of the most popular active meditations, introduced by an Indian mystic Osho (Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh) in 1970 (Bansal et al., 2016). Dynamic meditation is a form of meditation in which physical actions are involved. Osho dynamic meditation is an hour long active meditation with five stages. 

As Osho indicated dynamic meditation is a cathartic meditation.  Osho also known as Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh presented meditation not just as a practice but as a state of awareness to be maintained in every moment, a total awareness that awakens the individual from the sleep of mechanical responses conditioned by beliefs and expectations (Wallis, 1986). 

According to Osho, the essence of meditation is just witnessing the body, mind and feelings without judgment.  For Osho meditation is witnessing. He further states that mind is the absence of meditation. The moment meditation arises in you, mind is found nowhere. Meditation happens beyond mind.  In meditation there is nobody inside and nothing outside. Meditation is not a doing but a state of being.  For Osho meditation means pure awareness, a mirror like quality of consciousness. Meditation is beyond techniques, beyond doing; it is a state of relaxed awareness. Dynamic meditation provides the mediator an opportunity to catharsis and purify his mind and body which is according to Osho is essential to gain the meditative state of mind (iqbal et al., 2014).  Osho dynamic meditation has health benefits.  According to Bansal and colleagues (2016) Osho dynamic meditation produces anti-stress effects.

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