Sitting for the Sheer Joy of It

That which sees is not the mind. That is why Osho has us begin with watching anything. In the beginning, it is helpful to watch the clouds passing, watch the leaves falling, watch a stream flowing, or even watch the traffic passing. This is watching the outside world but it is the beginning.

We can then move to watching the activities of the body, watching without identification. This is the magic of the walking meditation. It is allowing us to experience watching the body walking which is strengthening the watcher, the one that sees.

Watching the breath is another way to strengthen this watchingness. We watch the coming and going of the breath, and we are coming out of the identification with breathing.

Moving deeper, we begin to watch the comings and goings of the mind. The very effort to watch the mind while we are still identified is how we begin to come out of mind. It does not need to be a serious affair; we are not against the mind. We are just interested in finding, discovering, the One who sees. This One who sees is always present in watching. The mind does not watch. The ego cannot watch. Our identification with someone who we perceive watching cannot watch. Always in the background the One who sees is present. We have the power to come out of mind because we have the power to identify with mind. It is not that some power makes us identify; we do that ourselves. Watching the activity of the mind without grasping, without rejecting, without judging, we begin to become less identified. Slowly, slowly the One who sees becomes less identified.

Osho has said that if we are able to witness the mind without identification then we can easily move into watching the subtle feelings, the heart, also without grasping. Without choosing the feelings we like, without rejecting the feelings that we find hard to witness, and without judging ourselves when we forget again and again.

The above presents Osho’s directions but it has also been my own experience of meditation.

Although I must say that there was a long period of time in which I thought I didn’t need to meditate regularly because I meditated all day long. That was a delusion. It was not harmful because it was just an extended period of watching the outside. But at some point, I could no longer ignore the quiet invitation to begin to sit and watch the inner world on a regular basis. I was not watching because of some duty to practice, I was watching as an exploration, as an experiment. Now I am sitting for the sheer joy of it.

So, we can begin from exactly where we are, this very moment, by watching what we are capable of and slowly, slowly the watchingness deepens. We are also very fortunate because Osho has devised active meditations to jumpstart this awakening, and has illustrated 112 meditation techniques that are doors in. And finally, he has distilled all meditation down to the art of watching, witnessing.


This is from the collection of stories, essays, poems and insights that is compiled to form the book From Lemurs to Lamas: Confessions of a Bodhisattva. Download a PDF or order the book Here.



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