If sitting in contemplation isn’t your idea of calm, here’s an alternative way to de-stress… our experts show you how!
What is dynamic meditation?
Dynamic meditation is truly a breakthrough in the world of meditation. It’s a technique which acknowledges the accelerated pace of contemporary life. Due to modern sedentary lifestyle and mind over-stimulation, people find it hard to sit quietly and just relax. If you are this type of person, this technique of de-stressing may be perfect for you. Dynamic meditation is a practice that starts from body movement to eventually reach stillness of the mind. By engaging in vigorous activity first, it will then be easier to experience calm, inner peace and relaxation, and bring that experience into daily life. It works on multiple levels – physical, mental, emotional, energetic and spiritual.
How is it different to a silent form of meditation?
Dynamic meditation is a modern and revolutionary approach to meditation that tackles stress in a different way. Contrary to all the other meditation techniques, it doesn’t work by aiming to immediately induce a state of relaxation. Instead, the approach is to lead you to relaxation as a consequence of extreme tension. This process mimics the natural biological and physiological human mechanism. It is based on a profound scientific understanding of how the human body/ mind system has evolved to function in response to environmental stimuli. Other meditation techniques are ancient techniques, devised when life was very different. People back then did not have to deal with commuting in packed public transport vehicles, long office hours, mental stress, digital dependency and a sedentary lifestyle. This more modern style instead gets you moving first to let go of accumulated tensions. It’s a journey from activity to stillness.
Who would this style of meditation appeal to?
Direct meditation appeals to people who enjoy body movement and are looking for combining the benefits of physical activity with a meditation practice. So many people try meditation and give up thinking they are bad at it. To sit in silence after a long day at work, when the body needs movement and the mind is tired of focusing, can be a torture. This more modern take on contemplation allows emotional expressions, so it’s advised for people who feel emotionally overwhelmed and need a safe environment to release accumulated stress and tensions. Afterwards, many people feel energised, relaxed, lighter, more calm and positive. However, direct meditation is an intense activity that produces chemical changes in the body due to breathing exercise, emotional release and jumping.
Find a spot in your home where you will not be disturbed. Take a pillow and release all your accumulated stress onto it. If you can make noise, that’s better. Shout and let it all out. Move your body vigorously and express everything you have inside. Don’t be afraid of emotions. Go on for at least 10 minutes and as long as it feels right or it’s needed. Then sit or lie down and go into total relaxation. Practice mindfulness… be present and observe your body, emotions and mind.
MEET THE EXPERTS
Swaram has practised meditation for over 20 years and is a certified Osho Active Meditation facilitator. He holds an MA in Philosophy and teaches Osho Active Meditation in London. Chetna has practised meditation since her teens and is a certified meditation and Pilates teacher. To get involved in a free meditation class, visit loveosho.co.uk/events/free-mega-dynamic