You Are 60 Seconds Away From Being A Buddha
This is going to be a little unpopular but let me tell you: just sitting in silence, crossed leg, and with your eyes closed doesn’t mean you are actually meditating. Meditation is not what you might think it is. Sorry to disappoint you but the thing is: meditation is not so cheap as it is depicted in the media nowadays and you may have to work a little harder than you think to get there.
A Meditation Technique Is Not Meditation
Let’s start by clarifying the difference between meditation and meditation technique. A meditation technique is basically an exercise if you like, which is aimed to lead you to experience meditation. Meditation is the actual experience; it is a state of being. And to get into a state of meditation is not so easy as it may sound. There exist so many different meditation techniques, rooted in various spiritual traditions: from the Buddhist mindfulness, to the Vedic chanting mantra; from the whirling Sufis, to the Zen unique way; and from Tantric practices to Yogi postures. Enlightened masters have devised all sort of paths to lead disciples to experience the state of meditation. Techniques are different and work differently on different types of people, however what they have in common is the final destination. They all aim to achieve exactly the same: help people experience a state of meditation.
Not Talking Doesn’t Mean Silence
So what is the experience of meditation? Osho spoke extensively on the subject of meditation and from many different angles. One way he explains meditation is this: meditation is silence of the mind; it happens when you have absolutely no thoughts on the screen of your consciousness. Normally when people do not talk, it simple means they are not verbalising their inner chit-chat. Words are not spoken, but that doesn’t mean the mind is quite and silent. In fact, many novice meditators experience the exact opposite: when they close their eyes and for the first time sit in silence watching their minds, all of a sudden they realise how many thoughts are there rushing chaotically and continuously.
The 60 Second Experiment
Next time you sit down and close your eyes, have a clock next to you and measure how long you can stay without having a thought in your mind. Osho says that if you can stay just 60 seconds continuously without a thought in your mind, you are on your way to becoming a Buddha. Sounds easy, doesn’t it? Just 60 seconds without thoughts and you can become a Buddha. If you, like me and most people, struggle with that, then you may benefit from Osho Active Meditations.
A Little Help
Osho is a contemporary Buddha and realised that modern people struggle more than ever to find inner peace and experience meditation (meaning real silence). So he devised what is known as Active Meditations. And being so creative, he came up not with just one single technique, but with many various techniques, to suit different people at different times. The most famous and powerful Osho meditation technique, is arguably Dynamic Meditation. It has helped thousands to have a glimpse of no-mind (the silence we mentioned before). The idea is to start from activity in the form of body movement to awaken the dormant energy and shift the focus away from the mind back to the body, till the energy touches the very core of your being. It is a new revolutionary concept which works very well for people living the stressful life of our modern urban and digital world.
So try that little 60 second experiment above and if you find that just few seconds of silence is not easy for you, then give Osho Active Meditations a go. I cannot promise you Buddhahood in few weeks, but you can certainly extend your silence gaps, and second after second, Buddha is closer than you have ever imagined. In fact, Osho says that we are already Buddhas, we are just too busy in our mind to realise it. Remember, you are just 60 seconds away from being a Buddha!