“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.
“Just sitting directly in silence won’t help. The moment you will sit silently, you will see all sorts of things moving inside you; you will feel it almost impossible to be silent. First throw those things out so you come to a natural state of rest. Real meditation starts only when you are at rest.”
The Discipline of Transcendence, Vol. 2, Discourse 5
What are Osho Active Meditations?
All of Osho’s active meditations involve a beginning stage of activity — sometimes intense and physical — followed by a period of silence. All are accompanied by music that has been specially composed to guide the meditator through the different stages. Osho has also recommended different meditations for different times of the day. Follow the links below for details.
How do they work?
Unrelieved tensions block the natural flow of energy in our bodies. This affects our ability to think and the way in which we relate to others. Osho Meditations dissolve these blocks and allow us to become more natural and relaxed.
Who are they for?
Osho Meditations are specially designed for people who want to bring a new quality of ease to their busy, pressured lives. For men and women who not only care about their bodies and their health but who also like to feel at ease inside. For people who want to become more calm and flexible, without being controlled by the opinions of others.
Can I do the meditations by myself?
It is recommended to do the meditations for the first time in a group or with someone who has done them before, mainly the Dynamic Meditation. Later on, they can be done on your own.
How often should I do the meditations?
Once you have found a meditation that works for you and you enjoy doing, decide to do it for three consecutive days (and stick to it). If after these three days you wish to continue, you can commit yourself for the next three weeks, and later for three months.
Who has invented them?
Active Meditations have been devised by the modern mystic Osho, especially for the modern man.