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In The Moment

Posted on: April 19th, 2019 by rachana

Meditation is at the heart of Dharma Mountain. Meditation is widely acknowledged as being a helpful tool for stress-relieving and body-mind balance in general. You can find different courses for all kinds of meditation techniques. Yet meditation is much more than just sitting with closed eyes in Lotus position and doing nothing.  So we have asked some of our friends at Dharma Mountain how they meditate and what their favourite technique is. Here we share a few answers to inspire and broaden your notion of meditation.

 

Dancing

Dancing is my favourite meditation. Because it is for me all about just following myself, my own body, it is not about a technique or about ending up somewhere. It is just following what happens in that moment. It has no rules, and I love to do things that have no rules.

The effect of dancing is always different, sometimes it can calm my mind and my body, giving me peace and stillness. Or it is very playful and gives me energy.

It can make me feel full or empty. Sometimes it is everything in the same dance.

How I do it?

Just dance, move my body as it wants. With or without music, at home, in a group, outside, in the car, in the toilet on the plane or at the airport. It can be everywhere and it can last 1 minute or many hours. It has no rules.

-Pracheeta

 

Breathing

I love breathing meditation. It is the most simple technique: increase the intensity of the breath, i.e. to take longer, deeper breaths – or just witness your breathing as it is.

To witness it, is not as easy as it sounds. The thoughts will try to distract you, so the practice is to  again and again come back to watching the breath. The breath is in the moment, the thoughts are past or future. Meditation is to be present in the moment and the breath is always happening only in the moment. So simple, so beautiful. You can do it everywhere.

Conscious breathing can open new doors inside you, or help deep relaxation to happen.

And as long as I have this body, the breath is with me. It is like a precious gift!

-Anurati

 

Crochet & Knitting

My favourite meditation technique is crochet and knitting, because it is like a sitting in meditation.

I just close my eyes and relax,

and then there is a crack:

Breathing is like a needle,

It connects and repairs

And suddenly, I am just here.

-Svamini

 

No technique

I stopped with doing any method or technique for meditation. And then I was totally amazed that it happened so often: every action that is carried out by awareness  I experience as meditation.

I didn’t do anything about it, and still it happens to me. Often I cry or laugh as a result of it. It is such a gift.

The only “technique” that may help prepare me, is setting an intention and focusing on the breath as it goes in and out.

-Prem Madhu

 

Life

Meditation for me is in everything: Laughing, working, being physical, dancing, of course, relaxing in bed. Stopping the time. Digesting the silence all around, cooking some food.

Eating alone or together. Sitting still at a cafe.

Citylife passing by on the surface.

When all this flows naturally, life itself is bliss. Or better said: Bliss is, and life itself is the best meditation.

-Asmani

 

 

If you would like to get started with meditation or deepen your meditation practice, check out the groups happening at Dharma Mountain.  We also share once in a while a Live Vipassana Meditation on facebook with you. Welcome!

 


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Photos from Unsplash: dancing girl by Laura Fuhrman; knitting woman by fancycrave; man in cafe by Simon Sun

 

 

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Now or Never – Biodanza New Year 2019

Posted on: January 18th, 2019 by rachana

Seeing my old friends gave me a high
With the new ones, I’ve been a bit shy

With “Tunnel of Love” I felt a shift
In the evening, I received a gift

I broke down, so my room mates held me
They are the sweetest souls that can be

In the first days, I had so much pain
But then I chose to not use my cane

I just knew, I had to go “all in”
Leave the pain, and feel what was within

I have some stuff I have to let go
“It’s Now or Never” to let things flow

The teachers encouraged me to strive
With dances that made me feel alive

My shaking started and set me free
Freeleasing some of that energy

Energy of what I mostly fear
It fades away when I have you near

Seeing kindness in all your faces
I thank you for all your embraces

With seeing Orion up above
I got the vision to “rise in love”

And on my journey in the new year
The memories from this, I’ll keep dear

 

Poem by Kikki Sommerfelt

Photo: Biodanza with Unni Heim, Mukti Gathering 2014

 

In Dharma Mountain we started the New Year 2019 with our traditional Biodanza New Years Retreat that Unni Heim facilitated for the 8th time! The dancing and the rituals created a loving atmosphere and a great frame to let go, to heal and to start afresh into the New. Like the journey of these things began for our participant Kikki who wrote this beautiful poem on New Year’s Eve, and shared it with us on the last morning of the retreat.

 

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Dynamic saves my life.

Posted on: August 8th, 2018 by rachana

A glimpse into the Summer Retreat 2018

 

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“When I first came to the retreats with Swaha, I hated Dynamic Meditation. Swaha asked me if I was doing Dynamic Meditation and I said no! Because – what the f** are we doing here? All the jumping was so much effort. So it was a struggle to attend. But then I found out and experienced myself the difference that Dynamic makes in my life and I totally learned to like it.”

 

 

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“After 10 or 11 days of doing Dynamic in the retreat, something crazy happened. I was going into my childhood and a strong and painful feeling of missing the love and affection from my mother came up. After the Dynamic had finished that morning, maybe 5 minutes later, the ice broke inside me. I questioned myself: what is this past experience? And I understood: That past is not here. It is only in my imagination. I can let go off it. Then, after 21 days of Dynamic, there was really nothing left of that past, I had washed it out.”

 

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“When you start the process of self-investigation, of getting to know yourself, you need tools to empty out and unburden yourself from all the ideas and illusions. How else do you get rid of your mind, the old emotions and pains? Then you desperately long for active meditations like Dynamic.”

 

 

 

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“This summer I surprisingly enjoyed the third stage of Dynamic, when you jump and say the mantra ‘Hoo’. Each time I landed on my feet, I felt I really was present at that moment. There was no past, no future. Just this one jump existed. And in this jump was everything, the whole world. Because, you know, when jumping with eyes closed, I spin and turn, so I felt like Planet Earth rotating. That was so nice!”

 

 

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“Normally when you stop, in the fourth stage, and everybody is still, you listen to something outside, like the water of the fountain or the birds singing. But one day while doing Dynamic this summer retreat I suddenly found a silent place inside myself, a hollow space more or less in the belly, where I have never been before. An awareness, an energy inside me, and I stayed there throughout the whole fourth stage. My god, it was very beautiful.”

 

 

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“I feel that Dynamic saves my life. Again and again. I did the 21 day process already many times and it is such a great meditation. Only with the help of Dynamic can I be open and able to receive the beauty and love that Swaha has to give.”

 

 

 

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The summer retreat just ended and we had Dynamic Meditation every morning at 7 a.m. for 21 days. Although it was not mandatory, the number of participants increased steadily and by the end the room was packed with wild and sweaty people. The energy was contagious and buzzing, a lot of old tensions could be released and many happy smiles left the room after 1 hour of maybe the most powerful meditation to be found in this world.

 

For those who joined the 21-Day Process, getting out of bed early every single morning was hard at times, for sure. You have to be very alert because the mind easily finds excuses. “However”, as one participant puts it, “it was me who made the clear decision before the retreat to go for 21 Days, so there was nowhere to escape.”

 

(Quotes by Janani, Nasheema, Tukaram, Wadi, Yogendra; Images from vasantswaha.net)

 

Dynamic Meditation in a Nutshell:

Dynamic Meditation is an active 60-minute meditation created by Osho. The first stage: breathing; the second stage: catharsis; the third stage: jumping and the mantra Hoo; the fourth stage: stillness; the last stage: celebration.

 

There is no excuse – you can do Dynamic Meditation everywhere, even at home with kids – as Leena shares in this post about her Dynamic experience.

Curious to experience the magic of Dynamic Meditation yourself? You are welcome to join one of Swaha’s retreats.

 

 

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