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What is meditation?

What is meditation?


Meditation is an adventure, an adventure into the unknown, the greatest adventure the human mind can take.

Meditation is just to be, not doing anything- no action, no thought, no emotion. You just are and it is a sheer delight. From where does this delight come when you are not doing anything? It comes from nowhere, or it comes from everywhere. It is uncaused, because existence is made of the stuff calledjoy. […]


Whenever you can find time for just being, drop all doing. Thinking is also doing, concentration is also doing, contemplation is also doing. […]

Once you have become aware of he way your being can remain undisturbed, then slowly you can start doing things, keeping alert that your being is not stirred. That is the second part of meditation- first, learning how just to be and then learning little actions: cleaning the floor, taking a shower, butkeeping yourself centered. Then you can do complicated things. […]

So meditation is not against action. It is not that you have to escape from life. It simply teaches you a new way of life: you become the center of the cyclone.

Your life goes on, it goes on really more intensely- with more joy, with more claritymore vision,more creativity- yet you are aloof, just a watcher on the hills, simply seeing all that is happening around you.

You are not the doer, you are the watcher.

That’s the whole secret of meditation, that you become the watcher. […]

The essential core, the spirit of meditation is to learn how to witness. […]

Watching is meditation. […]

The quality of observation, the quality of being aware and alert- that’s what meditation is.

Remember one thing: meditation means awareness. Whatever you do with awareness is meditation. […]

The first step in awareness is to be very watchful of your body. Slowly slowly one becomes alert about each gesture, each movement. And as you become aware, a miracle starts happening: many things that you used to do before simply disappear; your body becomes more relaxed, your body becomes more attuned. […]

Then start becoming aware of your thoughts; the same has to be done with thoughts.[…]

…the third step- that is becoming aware of your feelings, emotions, moods.”


Excerpts from Meditation, the First and Last Freedom, by OSHO, A Rebel Book