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My experience at an Osho Meditation Retreat: 3 of 4

Rather than go into every detail of my personal experience (there was too much!), I want to break down the third portion of my experience describing the meditations I engaged in and the different parts of the day. Mostly, I will break down my Saturday schedule at the retreat.

Saturday :

7:00 AM – 8:30 AM                                Dynamic meditation

Surprisingly, waking up early was easy at the retreat. I am NOT a morning person, so I really appreciated actually breaking out of my routine to gaze at the sky as the sun was just rising. It’s nature’s show that I rarely enjoy. In the first meditation of the day, we learn that Osho’s dynamic meditation is broken into five parts.

First Stage: Breathing 10 min.
Second Stage: Explode 10 min.
Third Stage: Hoo 10 min.
 Forth Stage: Freeze 15 min.
 Fifth Stage: Celebrate 15 min.

The video above demonstrates what the five parts consist of. I found this meditation to be the most physically demanding meditation that we did throughout the entire retreat but also the most rewarding.

I really was moved by the exploding segment of the mediation. People were screaming and crying out everything that was inside them. Many sat on their mats weeping softly amongst the bellows of screams and loud cries echoing the room. One girl screamed so loud, I had to cover my ears. It was a bit shocking at first, but after a while, I started crying my eyes out. I was bawling, and I could not stop. I felt everyone’s pain in the room leaving their bodies, and suddenly mine was leaving too. It felt crazy and weird, and I wanted to stop. My mind was trying to push me back to reality. I felt like I was getting too into it. But it was so releasing and necessary, and I told me self to LET GO. I think it’s one of the most powerful out of the five phases. Everyone was releasing all that was built up inside them.

8:30 AM – 9:30 AM                                Breakfast

Breakfast consisted of vegan sausage and hash browns. I enjoyed the vegan sausage, but it reminded me too much of actual sausage, so I just craved real sausage after eating it! I tried, again, to keep an open mind. I ate a big salad at the buffet station and a cup of coffee.I was so relaxed and in a euphoric state, and everyone laughed at how calm we all looked.

It’s weird but some of my favorite moments at the retreat happened when we were gathered to eat. Since everyone is gathered for the common cause of bettering themselves, I found I was able to befriend people very quickly. I met two lovely ladies from Jacksonville, Florida who were teachers. They worked with autistic kids. I was so moved by that… I mean it takes a special kind of person to do that. They were such positive and empowering people to be around.

9:30 AM – 11:00 AM                              Audio discourse with guided meditation

This was fun. We meditated for 30 minutes to loosen our minds for listening and then meditated by either sitting or laying down while we listened to Osho’s teachings for an hour. Osho really had some interesting perspectives on how to live and has some great quotes.
11:00 AM – 11:30 AM                            Break

Tea time! We had tea right outside of the meditation room at all times, so I treated myself to some delicious lemon tea while chatting with other students about what parts of Osho’s philosophy we connected to. It was interesting to see what people connected to the most.

11:30 AM – 1:00 PM                              Meditation

We learned some breathing and sitting meditation. I really gained the most from the humming meditation. Sitting cross-legged, you say “Ommmmm.” Most people recognize this as a traditional and commonly depicted form of meditation, but I began to understand why. Through humming consistently, you are able to completely erase your thoughts, and for the first time, I was not thinking! I was in a state of peace and began to see colors swirling around. Unfortunately the minute this started to happen, I became aware of it and started to think! I still have to learn to let go and let it happen. It was incredible.

1:00 PM – 3:00 PM                                 Lunch, rest

Lunch was a veggie burger with beans and lots of salad. The veggie burger was DELICIOUS. I could have had two of them, but I held back.

3:00 PM – 4:00 PM                                 Sharing, expressing and asking session

This part of the course consisted of a Q&A with our guru Ma Dharm Jyoti who we learned followed Osho when he first began his teachings and was very close to him. We did not have very many questions to ask her, so she told us stories about her time with Osho and how she learned about the path of enlightenment and what it really meant.

4:30 PM – 5:30 PM                                 Kundalini Meditation

It’s hard for me to define this but I REALLY enjoyed this meditation immensely. It’s something I am definitely going to try to implement on a regular basis. It flew by compared to some of the other meditations because ti was only an hour. I enjoyed the physical aspect of it.

As defined on the official Osho website:

This “sister meditation” to the OSHO Dynamic is best done at sunset or in the late afternoon. 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.

Instructions:
The meditation is one hour long, with four stages.
First Stage: 15 minutes
Be loose and let your whole body shake, feeling the energies moving up from your feet. Let go everywhere and become the shaking. Your eyes may be open or closed.
Second Stage: 15 minutes
Dance …  any way you feel, and let the whole body move as it wishes. Again, your eyes can be open or closed.
Third Stage: 15 minutes
Close your eyes and be still, sitting or standing, observing, witnessing, whatever is happening inside and out.
Fourth Stage: 15 minutes
Keeping your eyes closed, lie down and be still.

5:30 PM – 7:30 PM                                 Break, Dinner will be served at 6:30 PM

I went back to my room and changed into my swimsuit than jumped into the pool. The sun was going down, and I floated as I stared into the sky. As I relaxed, I was greeted by a few retreat students who came to chat away and laugh about our full day of meditation.

Dinner was eggplant Parmesan and once again, tons of salad! I definitely had my vegetables covered for the day. I felt super energetic and happy. I made a note to try and implement better eating and trying to increase my vegetable intake because I realize how much better my body felt eating that way. It was nice having food prepared for us and not having to worry about where my next meal came from.

7:30 PM – 10:00 PM                              White robe, Video

More dancing and dancing and dancing. My favorite part is when we gathered in a group and danced in a circle holding hands. Then we spun around bringing the circle in and out. It really brought us together as a community of friends.

And that was it for the day! Time for rest. Early 7 am meditation was calling in the morning 🙂

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