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Meditointi, huuhaatako?

Kirjoitettu 07.10.14
Esseen kirjoittaja: Aleksi Halsas
Kirjapisteet: 2
Kirja: Meditation The First and Last Freedom
Kirjan kirjoittaja: Osho
Kategoriat: 9. YPK:n ulkopuoliset, 9.08. Henkinen kasvu

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About the author, quoting to Tom Robbins:

“Osho is the most dangerous man since Jesus Christ… He’s obviously a very effective man, otherwise he wouldn’t be such a threat. He’s saying the same things that nobody else has the courage to say. A man who has all kinds of ideas, they’re not only inflammatory – they also have a resonance of truth that scares the pants off the control freaks.”

What is meditation?

“Meditation is an adventure, adventure into the unknown, the greatest adventure the human mind can take.” It is witnessing, just being, not doing anything at all, not even thinking. The usual understanding on meditation is quite far of from the way Osho sees meditation. According to Osho, meditation is a state of mind or should I say state of no-mind. It cannot be learned or practiced, it can only be understood and that´s the thing that makes it so interesting to me. It is all about how do I feel not about what someone else is telling me, Osho is only giving the guidelines that can maybe help me in finding the right path. In the end though it might be, that I cannot even achieve it, since the experience is completely subjective, it is different for everyone. The methods that can help you reach towards meditation are also called different kind of meditations and that might cause some misunderstandings. I haven`t tried any of the meditation methods in the book yet, but I will definitely try them in the future when I feel like I´m ready for it.

Meditation isn´t something religious.

Well yes Buddha did meditate and meditation is one of the basics of Buddhism, but it doesn’t make it necessarily a religious thing. First of all Buddhism cannot really be compared to western religions like Christianity or Islam, there is no gods in Buddhism, some even argue that Buddhism isn’t a religion it is a life philosophy. Even Buddha emphasised that he is just an ordinary man who has found the Nirvana. For me finding the so called Nirvana isn´t the point of the meditation and I think for most of us it isn’t, the point is to learn about oneself and be happier in life. I´m not telling anyone that they should try different meditation techniques, but personally I find meditation helpful for my overall development at the moment.

Witnessing and awareness are the basics of meditation and maybe even life.

“Mind must be an instrument, not master. But it has become master.” I feel like for almost everyone it is as stated. Actually it is pretty stupid to make such a generalisation since it is completely subjective, but personally I feel like I don’t really have control over my mind and in my observation I believe almost no-one has. Yes I can sort of decide what I´m thinking at a certain moment, but I can’t control the moods and my mind in a sense, that I could decide now I need to be focused and I’m focused. Yes there is always something that triggers for example anger, but it doesn’t mean that it isn´t possible to avoid it. If you are aware of the feelings that are coming to you, you can avoid them. According to Osho the first step is to be aware of your feelings afterwards, so you realise you were angry for some reason. The next step is to be aware of the feelings when you experience them. This isn’t as easy as it sounds, it most likely doesn’t cross your mind to just witness the anger and let it go away. The third step is to be aware of it when it is coming to you, this is even harder since it is hard to be aware of something that isn´t there yet, but it is all about feeling yourself and being aware of what is happening in you. The fourth step is to be aware of the feelings when they are coming and being able to avoid them at will. No one is ordered to be angry, you don´t have to be angry, it is your own decision. Though at the same time Osho underlines that you shouldn’t judge your emotions nor thoughts, just accept them as they are. Anger nor sadness aren’t bad they are just different emotions, but in certain situations different emotions can be harmful. For example if you get offended by something when making a deal with a client, it can ruin your deal, if it affects your behaviour.

Your real self

We build a persona and a certain self-image for ourselves. We want to be like someone else, for example like David Beckham or Donald Trump. The society wants us to pay taxes and parents want us to go to school, get a good degree, get a good job and be successful. Society doesn’t really benefit from us being happy, if we don’t pay the taxes. Quoting Osho: “As I see it, almost everybody is in the wrong place. The person who would have been a tremendously happy doctor is a painter and the person who would have been a tremendously happy painter is a doctor. Nobody seems to be in his right place; that´s why this whole society is in such a mess. The person is directed by others; he is not directed by his own intuition.” Personally for me it is easy to identify with the statement. I feel like that for 18 years I made no decisions on my own, I just did what everyone else were doing and what I was expected to do. Yes I played football and my goal was to become professional, but it was still something generally accepted. In retrospective I didn’t really enjoy football for the last 2 years or so as I played, but I just kept playing because I was expected to continue and it was still kind of a safe option. So even though I had made some decisions on my own, I didn’t have the courage to just stop playing when I stopped enjoying it. I understand why I kept playing and I didn’t really even think about quitting back then to be honest, but basically I was just completely lost in life even tough at the same time I had a clear direction in life. It is hard to trust yourself on such a big decision when the world is telling you what to do and how to do it, all the time. Fortunately I think I’m improving and have stronger will than I used to.

Summary

I’m pretty sure I need to read the book at least once more. Writing essay about the book felt quite hard and I actually tried to do it in Finnish at first, but felt like it is easier to do it in English as the book was also in English. Tough the language itself was really simple but the subjects were so over the top that the reading was really freaking slow. I didn’t really go into the meditation methods on this text but some of them are quite wild, involving dancing and stuff like that. I can already predict that I will change my opinion on almost everything I just wrote, in the next year or so and if I don’t, I haven’t probably read enough books during the year.

Two big concepts particularly struck me in the book:

1.Don’t get identified with your thoughts, you are not your thoughts, don’t judge them. If your mind is going crazy, it is completely okay. I pretty much base my whole behaviour on this point at the moment. As I’ve discussed with my teammates in Tiimiakatemia, some may feel my opinions are aggressive and that I’m trying to shut down their ideas. But that is not the case, I just try to give different perspectives on the conversation. Nothing personal.

2. Believe in yourself. The only way to learn who you are is exploring yourself, don’t try to find yourself anywhere else. This should be completely obvious, but the world is full of people telling you what to do and how to do it. It is easy to get lost in the middle of this huge mess and forget who you really are. At least I still am, but I’m working on it. Hopefully my teammates will endure it.

 

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