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OSHO MANDALA MEDITATION
August 30 @ 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm$20
The mind is a mandala, a circle. If you watch, you become aware of the vicious circle of the mind. Again and again it brings the same emotions – the same anger, the same hatred, the same greed, the same ego. And you are just a victim. Becoming aware of the mind, you break the circle, you are no more identified with the mind.” ~Osho
Exploring Active Meditation
Osho Mandala Meditation
This weeks meditation is Osho Mandala Meditation, a powerful technique that creates a circle of energy resulting in a natural centring. This is in 4 stages including moving on the spot (to awaken the energy within), sit and allow the body to rotate from the centre – as if blowing in the wind (bringing awakened energies to the naval centre), and rotating the eyes (bringing centring energies to the third eye) leading to the last stage of stillness and silence.
This series of meditations is an ideal introduction for the beginner and also allows the more experienced meditator to go deeper. Meditating in a group allows each meditator to have their own experience whilst benefiting from the energy and support of the whole group. Most Meditations are set to beautiful music specifically composed for each meditation.
Each week we explore and experience a different active meditation which is fully explained. Afterwards there will be an opportunity for sharing for those who wish to. Each meditation lasts 1-hour.
Active Meditations are scientifically designed to help you get out of your mind and into experiencing life itself. Every meditation session and workshop is an opportunity to explore and expand your self-awareness. Anger, sadness, joy, laughter, sexual energy, love, silence and celebration are all part of the journey. Throw off your tension, open a playful heart and drop into the silent silent witness.
Modern man is a very new phenomenon. No traditional method can be used exactly as it exists because modern man never existed before. So, in a way, all traditional methods have become irrelevant. For example, the body has changed so much. It is so drugged that no traditional method can be helpful. The whole atmosphere is artificial now: the air, the water, society, living conditions. Nothing is natural. You are born in artificiality; you develop in it. So traditional methods will prove harmful today. They will have to be changed according to the modern situation. Another thing: the quality of the mind has basically changed. In Patanjali’s [the most famous commentator on Yoga] days, the center of the human personality was not the brain; it was the heart. Before that, it was not even the heart. It was still lower, near the navel. The center has gone even further from the navel. Now, the center is the brain. That is why teachings like those of Krishnamurti have appeal. No method is needed, no technique is needed – only understanding. But if it is just a verbal understanding, just intellectual, nothing changes, nothing is transformed. It again becomes an accumulation of knowledge. I use chaotic methods rather than systematic ones because a chaotic method is very helpful in pushing the center down from the brain. The center cannot be pushed down through any systematic method because systemization is brainwork. Through a systematic method, the brain will be strengthened; more energy will be added to it.
Through chaotic methods the brain is nullified. It has nothing to do. The brain always comes in to systematize, to make things mathematical, and the heart is suppressed. So firstly, a chaotic method is needed to push the center of consciousness from the brain toward the heart. Then catharsis is needed to unburden the heart, to throw off suppressions, to make the heart open. If the heart becomes light and unburdened, then the center of consciousness is pushed still lower; it comes to the navel. The navel is the source of vitality, the seed source from which everything else comes: the body and the mind and everything. I use this chaotic method very considerately. Systematic methodology will not help now, because the brain will use it as its own instrument. Nor can just the chanting of bhajans help now, because the heart is so burdened that it cannot flower into real chanting. Consciousness must be pushed down to the source, to the roots. Only then is there the possibility of transformation. So I use chaotic methods to push the consciousness downward from the brain. Whenever you are in chaos, the brain stops working. For example, if you are driving a car and suddenly someone runs in front of you, you react so suddenly that it cannot be the work of the brain. The brain takes time. It thinks about what to do and what not to do. So whenever there is a possibility of an accident and you push the brake, you feel a sensation near your navel, as if it were your stomach that is reacting. Your consciousness is pushed down to the navel because of the accident. If the accident could be calculated beforehand, the brain would be able to deal with it; but when you are in an accident, something unknown happens. Then you notice that your consciousness has moved to the navel. If you ask a Zen monk, “From where do you think?” he puts his hands on his belly. When Westerners came into contact with Japanese monks for the first time they could not understand. “What nonsense! How can you think from your belly? But the Zen reply is meaningful. Consciousness can use any center of the body, and the center that is nearest to the original source is the navel. The brain is furthest away from the original source, so if life energy is moving outward, the center of consciousness will become the brain. And if life energy is moving inward, ultimately the navel will become the center. Chaotic methods are needed to push the consciousness to its roots, because only from the roots is transformation possible. Otherwise you will go on verbalizing and there will be no transformation. It is not enough just to know what is right. You have to transform the roots; otherwise you will not change. When a person knows the right thing and cannot do anything about it, he becomes doubly tense. He understands, but he cannot do anything. Understanding is meaningful only when it comes from the navel, from the roots. If you understand from the brain, it is not transforming. The ultimate cannot be known through the brain, because when you are functioning through the brain you are in conflict with the roots from which you have come. Your whole problem is that you have moved away from the navel. You have come from the navel and you will die through it. One has to come back to the roots. But coming back is difficult, arduous. Traditional methods have an appeal because they are so ancient and so many people have achieved through them in the past. They may have become irrelevant to us, but they were not irrelevant to Buddha, Mahavira, Patanjali or Krishna. They were meaningful, helpful. The old methods may be meaningless now, but because Buddha achieved through them they have an appeal. The traditionalist feels: “If Buddha achieved through these methods, why can’t I?” But we are in an altogether different situation now. The whole atmosphere, the whole thought-sphere, has changed. Every method is organic to a particular situation, to a particular mind, to a particular man. The fact that the old methods don’t work doesn’t mean that no method is useful. It only means that the methods themselves must change. As I see the situation, modern man has changed so much that he needs new methods, new techniques.
Being fully immersed in the shaking and dancing of the first two stages helps to “melt” the rock-like being, wherever the energy flow has been repressed and blocked. Then that energy can flow, dance and be transformed into bliss and joy. The last two stages enable all this energy to flow vertically, to move upwards into silence. It is a highly effective way of unwinding and letting go at the end of the day. Kundalini meditation lasts for one hour and has four stages; three with music, and the last with Kundalini acts like an energetic shower, softly shaking you free of your day and leaving you refreshed and mellow.
When you have mastered the conditions necessary to be in the state of meditation, you reach more expansive levels of meditation and gain the ability to integrate that experience into your daily activities.
Introduces us to the most fundamental steps of meditating. He begins with guidance related to diet, exercise and sleep and then helps us understand how the body, thoughts and emotions can be purified to help us move into meditation.
Benefits of Osho Active Meditations
Immediate Benefits to a meditator
Inner peace and silence, better attention and concentration, calming influence on everyone around us.
Stress management through raising own our stress resistance and by changing our reactions to things that disturb us
Freedom from habits and addictions
With time the feeling of bliss from meditations will be enough for
to stop looking for other sources like smoking
drinking to get happy. They do drink
not to derive solace or ease from drinking or smoking
Improved health through cleansing of our subtle system. Like our physical body needs good balanced food and adequate exercise for cleansing
our mind needs meditation to cleanse the subtle body which surrounds our physical body. Seers have said that diseases first start in subtle body many weeks before they appear in
So meditation will keep the subtle body energies balanced
Changed priorities, we start to discover our own inner source of self-motivation, self-respect and enthusiasm for life. The competition for power, position, money has made man more tense than ever before in the history of 3000 years and after meditating for
Dance and celebrate life.
A great opportunity to celebrate life and your inner silence trough different techniques of meditation, a meeting between the east tradition of silent witnessing and the joy of dance and celebration of life with dynamic and conscious movements, more compatible with the western life style which needs to move before sitting in silence. The mind then becomes quiet more easily.
You can enjoy the beauty of your silence, and share with us the bliss of your love, and all your emotions. You will be free to express yourself in all possible ways and be accepted and loved as you are, in a friendly and protected atmosphere.
Meditation will bring you more and more intelligence, infinite intelligence, a radial intelligence. Meditation will make you more alive and sensitive; your life will become richer. Ordinarily you are violent towards others but the mind is very cunning – it can learn non-violence, it can preach non violence, then it becomes violent towards itself. And the violence that you do on your own self is respected by people because they have an idea that to be an ascetic is to be religious. That is sheer nonsense. God is not an ascetic, otherwise there would be no flowers, there would be no green trees, only desserts. God is not an ascetic, otherwise there would be no song in life, no dance in life – only cemeteries and cemeteries. God is not an ascetic: God enjoys life. God is more Epicurean than you can imagine. If you think about God, think in terms of Epicurus. God is a constant search for more and more happiness, joy, ecstasy. Remember that.
Always remember that if you are moving in the right direction, you will go on flowering
Mandala Meditation is a gentle yet effective way to release all the accumulated stress.
Meditation accepts us just as we are-in both our tantrums and our bad habits, in our love and commitments and happiness. It allows us to have a more flexible identity because we learn to accept ourselves and all of our human experience with more tenderness and openness. We learn to accept the present moment with an open heart. Every moment is incredibly unique and fresh, and when we drop into the moment, as meditation allows us to do, we learn how to truly taste this tender and mysterious life that we share together.
Join us for Relaxation -Meditation- release your tension and stress- feel love and peace within-enjoy life!
We invite you to join us for this very special meditation, as we lovingly honor the Light.
We start on time, and doors are closed once we begin.
Wear loose comfortable clothes and come for a very pleasant afternoon.
Doors will be closed once we begin, please come on time.