How To Go Beyond Your Limits
If one of our hunter gatherer ancestors would compete in the next Olympics, it would probably snatch some medals in various disciplines and without any formal training. According to scientists and anthropologists, our predecessors were formidable athletes compared to the average modern person. The truth is: our modern technological progress made us weaker. Yes, we live a much more comfortable life but we are paying a high price for it.
Today the vast majority of the world population doesn’t suffer from cold in the winter or heat in the summer, we have shelters, clothing, heating system and air conditioned. Rather than adjusting to the environment, like our ancestors, technological progress allowed us to bend the environment to our needs. On the one hand, that’s brilliant! But on the other hand, that means we have moved away from nature. And in doing so, we have grown accustomed to live an artificial life with no environmental challenges.
Around 1900 our tech prowess became so powerful that broke our fundamental biological links to the world around us. And, as we have seen, our techno-comfort-golden-age, carries a dark side. Like never before in the history of mankind, people are overstuffed, overheated and under-stimulated. Ultimately, effortless comfort made us fat, lazy and ill.
The human body has evolved for thousands of years to be challenged by environmental stimuli. Now if the environmental stimuli are removed from the picture, the body simply rests. It is basic economy: the body saves energy for period of emergencies. But what if the emergency never comes? Might this be one of the contributor factors to the current epidemic of mental and physical conditions affecting a large portion of the world population? It seems that people suffer from a sort of “evolutionary mismatch disease”, when technology overshadows biology.
So what to do? Following the example of Wim Hof – known as the Iceman – some people have been inspired to re-discover their strength by reintroducing some environmental stressors into their daily routine; and in doing so, it is possible to bring back some of that lost evolutionary vigour. Human biology needs stress, the sort of environmental and physical stimuli that invigorate the nervous system. Without stimuli from environment, the body’s capabilities and internal programmes developed and acquired over millennia, remain dormant.
Even from this point of view Osho was a visionary, far ahead of his time. As a child he used to jump from incredible heights into dangerous swollen rivers during monsoon season. The current was so strong that he would re-emerge on dry land, miles away from the jumping point. He was challenging his fears, including death, pushing his physical and mental limits. And is by no chance that he then developed very vigorous meditation techniques. In addition to Dynamic Meditation, there are other techniques which are seriously challenging, physically and mentally. Osho has always insisted in being total, and to push the body to its limits in order to awaken the dormant energy which we all carry within, but without accessing it. The idea is that without a challenge, why bother to produce unnecessary energy?
I personally loved Dynamic Meditation from day 1, for its “pushing your limit” element. For the strength and energy, I discover within myself. It opened a new dimension inside me. I realised how much unused energy was inside me, just waiting to be released. And it gave me courage to face other challenges in real life, including environmental challenges. If you can do Dynamic Meditation full on, you can do everything in life!
So if you are up for a challenge, if you like the idea of re-awakening your evolutionary biological forces and if you are interested in meditation, then Osho Active Meditation is for you. Go beyond your limits and discover new dimensions within yourself.