Osho Day 3...

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

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Swapnalok Apts

Flag of India  , Maharashtra,
Saturday, October 3, 2009

it wasn't easy, but i woke up just in time to make the 6am dynamic meditation :) it was intense! in all honesty, it was a little hard to get into at first. the chaotic breathing takes up a lot of energy, because you're breathing so heavily and using your whole body to breathe. on top of that, you're not supposed to fall into a breathing pattern, so you have to switch it up if you do. in the catharsis stage (letting out all emotion through any means), no one held back. imagine a huge room full of screaming (full-on screaming!), crying, laughing people, some jumping, some sprawled on the floor, others standing totally still. i didn't really feel i had that much emotion built up in me (or maybe i was suppressing it?!) but i went ahead and gave a good scream, haha. it took some conscious effort, though it felt pretty good. then we did the jumping and shouting "hoo!" (again, very tiring!) then we froze for 15 minutes,which was quite interesting. i cheated and opened my eyes a few times and it was really cool and slightly creepy to see an entire room of human statues, totally frozen in their tracks. you'd think it'd be torture to freeze like that for 15 minutes, but it wasn't that hard. if you just concentrate on just observing your thoughts and surroundings, and not focus on the signals your body is giving you, then you don't really feel how tired your arms are. afterwards, we sat in silence for 10 minutes which felt very calming, especially after having released all that energy in the earlier stages. we finished with music and dancing. this time when we danced, it was exhilarating. i felt really happy and lost myself in the music. i don't believe i've ever felt so moved by music before. dancing to music and being moved by it are 2 completely different things. i felt like my body was expressing the freedom and joy that i was feeling...

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...
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