Osho Center: Day 2

Trip Start Sep 01, 2009
Trip End Oct 05, 2009

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Swapnalok Apartments

Flag of India  , Maharashtra,
Friday, October 2, 2009

today we have a welcome morning. there are about 15 people and we start
the day by joining into a room, turning on the music and...YUP!
dancing! they tell you to just dance, move however you feel like
moving. i feel like i'm a veteran at this point, so i do. and by golly,
it feels great! everyone in the room seems totally open to it, no
wallflowers here. they play all kinds of music, from various countries,
some familiar songs, others not so much. i look around the room at
everyone just moving, some with eyes closed, some smiling, others
looking hesitant but willing. i feel happy and free, and dance to the
music until it stops. we gather in a circle and our guide talks about
how much of the work done at Osho is about releasing repressed emotions
and just 'letting go'. from the time we're born and throughout our
lives, we're conditioned by our families and society to act and be a
certain way. we're shaped into what other people expect us to be like.
we're taught to sit and be good, be quiet, and suppress our emotions
and desires. the dynamic meditations at the center, the dancing and
movements, are designed to allow a release for all that repressed
energy. it makes perfect sense to me, and the meditations become more clear. we learn about the morning dynamic meditation, which begins
at 6am everyday. it begins with erratic and forced exhalation
breathing, followed by catharsis (letting go in any way you feel
necessary), then jumping up and down while shouting "hoooooo!", then
freezing in our tracks for 15 minutes and finally celebration (aka more
dancing). the first stage, chaotic breathing, is designed to stimulate
emotions in us. our emotions are largely controlled by our breathing
(ie slow breathing when we're relaxed, fast shallowing breathing when
we're stressed). after stirring these emotions, we let them out however
we feel like in the 2nd stage. some people yell at the tops of their
lungs, some cry, some scream, some laugh, others fall to the ground,
some are silent...basically you allow the release of anything and
everything that you carry with you that is built up inside. you don't
hold back and you don't worry about anyone else at this point. then we
jump up and down and shout "hoo!", allowing the vibrations and jumping
to stimulate our energy. after 10 minutes of this, we pause, freeze,
wherever we are. if your hands are in the air, they stay in the air. if
you're pickin your nose, your finger stays in there. be aware of all
that you feel and think at this moment, and don't move or let the
energy dissipate. if your hands get tired, just be aware of it, but try
not to move them. in  the last stage, we dance, allowing ourselves to move and feel whatever is there..

we play a few games and talk about a few more meditations. after the welcome morning, i feel more comfortable at the center,
and have a better understanding of what it's about. i spend some time
wandering around the campus and check out the bookstore and cafe. i
enjoy a chai tea and later that afternoon, i try out the Kundalini
meditation again. i feel a little more open that time, a little more
uninhibited. i follow that with the evening meditation. this time, i
find it much easier to pay attention to the video. i don't fall asleep
this time, and i find i can relate to the topics that Osho is talking
about..he's a witty speaker, and often tells jokes throughout his
speeches. i can see why so many people are captivated by him..

that night there is a Sannyasin party, which celebrates the
induction of new disciples of Osho. i check it out, and it's quite
lovely. beautiful lighting, lots of music and dancing, and a room full
of peope just enjoying each other's company and the good music..i head home early in the hopes that i'll wake up early enough for the dynamic meditation tomorrow.. (i missed it earlier that day because i spent the night before watching friends on TV (which is pretty exciting after not watching TV for the past month)..
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chillymama on

Wow, sound woderful!
Hi juley muley,
Miss ya babes! Wow, I wish I was with you right now! considering I feel like I want to kill Cap & Pat!!! hahaha...let it go and let it flow! I can't wait to hear more about your journey when you get home!
love you!

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