Osho Day 3...
Trip Start Sep 01, 2009
8Trip End Oct 05, 2009
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i was pretty much on a roll after that, so i took the advice of a friend i met there and attended the "silent meditation" right after the dynamic meditation. i entered a smaller meditation room which was absolutely beautiful. the walls were made of windows, the floor was white marble and there was a crystal chandelier hanging from the ceiling which cast shimmery light around the room. they dimmed the lights and we all sat down to an hour of silent meditation. i really didn't think it would be that hard. i mean, it's just an hour of sitting in silence and quieting your mind, rite? in theory, yes. but after about 5 minutes, i was starting to get antsy. after 10 or 15 minutes, i had to reposition my legs which were falling asleep. and everyone in the room can hear you if you move because even the smallest sound echoes. i adjust myself, and try to calm my mind. but everytime i try, more thoughts race through my head and i find myself daydreaming about anything and everything. more time goes by, my legs are starting to hurt and i wonder how much longer we have to go. a few other people have to reposition themselves, and i'm assuming they're newbies like me. i open my eyes and see a girl nodding off in front. everytime she almost falls over, she catches herself at the last second. i try to clear my head again, but thoughts keep coming in. i spot a watch on the guy in front of me and sneak a peek. still 30 minutes to go. after more failed attempts to get comfortable and clear my mind, and after checking the guy's watch a few more times, it's finally over. that was not the enlightening experience i was hoping to have. sitting still for an hour is much harder than i thought. but these things take time i know, and my friends assure me it does get easier with time.
i'm psyched to find out there's a bollywood dance class that afternoon. finally! i thought i was gonna leave india without learning some moves! we dance outdoors and learn part of a choreographed dance. its super fun and we dance in pairs. the moves are really simple, and most of the flair comes through in your facial expressions. the dances are really playful, and most of bollywood dances revolve around a guy chasing after a girl, haha..
i attend evening meditation again and grab some dinner. i chat with some friends i met that day, and we head over to the Osho plaza for the party they have every week. they actually have alcohol?! i haven't drank in over a month, so i hesitantly buy my first drink, thinking i'll be one and done. surprisingly i feel pretty normal even after my 2nd one! i meet some new people spend the evening just hangin out, talking and dancing...