What is Meditation?

1044168_473199352772532_1333824508_nWhat is Meditation?

When you are not doing anything at all – bodily,
mentally, on no level – when all activity has ceased
and you simply are, just being, that’s what meditation
is. You cannot do it, you cannot practice it; you have

only to understand it.
Whenever you can find time for just being, drop all
doing. Thinking is also doing, concentration is also doing,
contemplation is also doing. Even if for a single moment you
are not doing anything and you are just at your center, utterly
relaxed – that is meditation.

And once you have got the
knack of it, you can remain in that state as long as you want;
finally you can remain in that state for twenty-four hours a

Once you have become aware of the way your being can
remain undisturbed, then slowly you can start doing things,
keeping alert that your being is not stirred. That is the second
part of meditation. First, learning how just to be, and then
learning little actions: cleaning the floor, taking a shower, but
keeping yourself centered. Then you can do complicated

For example, I am speaking to you, but my meditation is
not disturbed. I can go on speaking, but at my very center
there is not even a ripple; it is just silent, utterly silent.

So meditation is not against action.
It is not that you have to escape from life.
It simply teaches you a new way of life.
You become the center of the cyclone.
Your life goes on, it goes on really more intensely – with
more joy, with more clarity, more vision, more creativity – yet
you are aloof, just a watcher on the hills, simply seeing all
that is happening around you.
You are not the doer, you are the watcher.

That’s the whole secret of meditation, that you become
the watcher.

Doing continues on its own level, there is no
problem: chopping wood, drawing water from the well. You
can do all small and big things; only one thing is not allowed
and that is, your centering should not be lost.
That awareness, that watchfulness, should remain absolutely
unclouded, undisturbed.
Meditation is a very simple phenomenon.

– Osho

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