Active meditation classes are led by Iggy,
Usually Every THIRD Monday OF EACH MONTH
Next Active Meditation class is in January, 7.00pm – 8.00pm
at I.B.D. 17 Ferme Park Road
London, N4 4DS
or Get in touch with Iggy if you are interested to joining in.
Meditation seems very hard for our western society to achieve.
We may understand the need to minimize stress and to unwind; we may appreciate that moving inwards is the way to go
But to just sit down for twenty or more minutes, to close our eyes and attempt to still our incessant thoughts and feelings and restless body, is arduous. In fact, trying to relax creates more tension, as we do battle with ourselves and then emerge from the attempt feeling demoralized, feeling that “meditation might work for others but it is not for me!”
The problem lies not within you, but with the method.
Meditations, as we usually practice them, were developed 6-7 centuries BC. And the modern society has changed a lot from that time!
Some of the earliest references to meditation are found in the Hindu Vedas. Around the 6th to 5th centuries BCE, other forms of meditation developed in Taoist China and Buddhist India.
The Active meditations take our chronic restlessness and tension into account, and are designed specifically to address this issue.
Body is restless?
Give it permission to move, to dissolve nervous tension – through, for example, certain energetic breathing, through dance or spontaneous, random movements.
Mind is on over-drive?
Let it run itself out! Methods such as “Gibberish” help you unwind, while humming allows you to rechannel the energy that was fueling your mind.
The steps within each active technique unburden us so that nothing comes in the way when we want to be silent and relaxed, present, and alert.
These techniques can be seen as a way to “tune in” to ourselves.
Osho likens their function to the process Indian classical musicians go through before they play:
“For half an hour, or sometimes even more, they simply go on tuning their instruments. They will move the knobs, they will make the strings tight or loose, and the drum player will go on checking his drum…whether it is perfect or not. For half an hour they go on doing this. This is not music, this is just preparation.
“Kundalini is not really meditation, it is just preparation. You are preparing your instrument. When it is ready, then you stand in silence. Then meditation starts. Then you are utterly there. You have woken yourself up by jumping, by dancing, by breathing, by shouting – these are all devices to make you a little more alert than you ordinarily are. Once you are alert, then the waiting.
“Waiting is meditation…waiting with full awareness. And then it comes, it descends on you, it surrounds you, it plays around you, it dances around you, it cleanses you, it purifies you, it transforms you.”
Meditation is not something to do once or twice a day in order to chill out for a time, before resuming your normal activities in what may be your usual frenetic, mechanical, unaware way!
In fact, meditation is not something to be done but a quality – of relaxed awareness – that we can access and have as a current running through all that we do.
“Breathing is necessary for the body and meditation is necessary, just as necessary, for the soul. Without breathing you will be dead; that means the body will be dead. Without meditation you will be dead; that is, the soul will be dead.”
Read more Osho Active Meditations