The word meditation is derived from two Latin words: meditari (to think, to dwell upon, to exercise the mind) and mederi (to heal). Its Sanskrit derivation ‘medha’ means wisdom. Meditation is a practice of becoming a witness, cultivating a non-judgmental observant presence. It creates space for relaxation, stillness and equanimity.
According to Zen, meditation does not involve any concept but is simply an awareness of inner silence. OSHO says, “Meditation in its essence is the art of being aware, aware of what is going on inside you and around you.” Whatever we do with awareness can be meditation. Watching your breath is meditation; listening to the birds is meditation. As long as an activity is free from any other distraction to the mind, it can become an effective form of meditation.
Often our mind bounces around from one place to another, attaching itself to thoughts and ideas, comparing this and that, sometimes engaging in negative and repetitive thought patterns or internal dialogues. Through meditation we learn how to find the “off” button. Instead of being enslaved by the mind, we become its master. The practice of meditation empowers us to disidentify with this monkey like quality of thought and make friends with the mind, deepening our acceptance of who we are.
At InanItah we practice active meditation, working with rather than against the dynamic nature of the modern mind and the modern lifestyle. We regularly practice OSHO moving meditations, Five-Rhythm meditations, Quantum Light Breath meditations and ecstatic dance. We also encourage cultivating stillness through silence.