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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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Inside my breath

Posted on: February 2nd, 2018 by leena

I keep asking for you
under the night sky
I’ll ask every star
and then
I’ll ask them all, once more
I will never stop
until you answer me
over and over
And I will ask
again and again
“Are you still here?”
and you will answer
“Yes my love, always”
I will keep asking
under this endless starry sky
Until every particle of my being knows
without a shadow of a doubt
that you are here, beloved
inside my breath
always

Poem by Veena

Photo by Raahi

 

IMG_1632Veena is living in Hedalen. She loves to go into the forest and watch the river, and sit very quietly, waiting for the animals to come out. She also likes to come up with ideas, and kittens.


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The Mystic Rose

Posted on: June 23rd, 2017 by raahi

 

The Mystic Rose – A Life Experience

April 2015

A new summer retreat – The Heart of the Mystic – with Vasant Swaha will be happening soon, in the mountains of Norway. Once more we will have the opportunity to dive into ourselves, cleaning the layers that separate us from our true essence. In this retreat we will have the unique chance to take part in the Mystic Rose – a 3 weeks process created by Osho.

In April 2015 in Brazil, we also had this process and after the retreat, with my heart full of joy, gratitude and a silent presence, nourished by sitting with the Master for a month, I wrote this text about my experience in Mystic Rose.

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There were 83 people together for 3 hours a day, crossing the barriers of two deeply suppressed layers inside of us – laughter and crying. Only by trust in the Master could we dive into this simple, yet powerful recipe, and open up for the miracle of Life.

 

Laughing at oneself

In the first week, for 3 hours every day, we had to laugh, for no reason at all, digging to find the laughter inside. All that was hindering my real laughter was at risk – the images about myself, all the beliefs, all the stories, all the thoughts, the sensations, feelings. Everything was an excuse for me to find a good, releasing laughter. At one point there was no mind anymore to interfere, only laughter.

I found a point inside to ignite this living energy of laughter. It was a moment where all my cells were laughing and I felt so open for the life energy, feeling as I was making love with the whole universe. How to explain such feeling, such joy?

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A dam was broken

The second week was all about tears. For me to cry was always an issue. Actually when I was a little girl I use to have “crises” of uncontrollable crying, sometimes for small reasons. I don’t remember when and what had happened that at one point I had to “cut off” this crying and become the strong one. Since then it has not been so easy for me to cry. But somehow in this week, as Osho says, a dam was broken, and the tears came from different places: from known pains from recent and not so recent past, frustrations, heart broken stories; also from the unknown hidden pain of losing a beloved partner – a pain that I felt was already cured. I cried and I felt happy for that, as I knew I was getting freer. The pain started to give space for a pure sensibility, vulnerability without reason – just for being human, just for this fragility of life.

To be in the Temple that week, with so many brothers and sisters weeping their pain, or joy, or gratitude was so beautiful, as we were devoting all those tears for the healing of the planet, for the whole humanity. I can’t forget that sensation of beauty, coziness and protection.

A beautiful sensitive flower was sprouting and getting roots in my heart.

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Silent shining Buddhas

The third week was the time to sit, to watch, to just be. My Master used to say “Sitting, doing nothing, and the spring comes by itself”.

We used to sit for 45 minutes, then bringing the awareness in a soft dance for 15 min; then repeating this cycle 2 more times. The Temple was pregnant with a presence difficult to describe. I had a beautiful vision opening my eyes in a moment: I saw a group of silent shining Buddhas sitting together. So peaceful.

Every sitting was an invitation to just be and I felt so excited for this meeting. My mind was much quieter – the thoughts falling with no effort into emptiness. The lake of my Being was getting clear and transparent, ready to quench my thirst.

I remembered in a moment a saying from the mystic Papaji: “Don’t stir a thought”. He didn’t say don’t think, he said don’t stir a thought. For the first time I really understood his meaning. Thoughts come from no-where, but if we don’t stir them, they disappear again in the vastness of our being.

During that week, a peace descended on me and I can’t really measure when or how this simple realization came to me: “I am this space”!

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Change of the Gestalt

I’ve been exploring the path of meditation for almost 20 years. In this incredible journey I had experienced many times what we call the “space” of being, of silence, of bliss, of love, of consciousness. Also many times, I felt the pain of feeling that I was loosing the contact with this space, going back to what I know as myself, my ordinary way of functioning. This time, a new understanding took me down to a very simple, obvious insight: my real self is the vastness of silence, of the Heart. I am this vast space. Simple as that.

This crystal clear realization came to me not as an intellectual realization. What normally used to come as a “beloved visitor”, a distant loving friend, started to be very familiar and close. As the Master says: it’s closer than the close. It’s my own being! That changed the whole gestalt. What before I used to recognize as what I am – all the thoughts, the ways of functioning, all my believes, desires and needs – started to give space to something else. Something impossible to name. – the source of what I recognize as my-self.

I can feel the presence of this new understanding surrounding me, reminding me in my day-to-day life, even when I get lost in habits, stories and thoughts, that I am not that. Now I know, by my own experience, that I can connect with the real at any time – it’s here, available, waiting for me.

The mystic rose is sprouting in my Heart and to watch and nourish it is the best thing one can do.

Only by the grace of the Beloved can such a miracle happen!

Eternal gratitude Beloved Babaji.

 


Sana_blogSana is a devotee of Vasant Swaha, enjoying and exploring the way back to her true nature. She loves to share herself through Integration Craniossacral sessions and workshops of meditations. Living closer to nature is her biggest joy.

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Finally!! Modini´s Raw Brownie

Posted on: November 4th, 2012 by admin No Comments

This weekend I have been having a great time cooking in the Mindfulness Group. Feeling focused and very happy to be here and create and serve a lovely group of people.

Many of you might remember the “Raw Brownie” (Yeah, it really became THE raw brownie :=), which we served in the Summer Retreat this summer, and which was also sold in the Babaji Shop during the retreat. So many of you have asked for the recipe, so guys, here it finally comes. Enjoy!

Love Modini

 

RAW BROWNIE

2 cups walnuts

2 1/2 cups dates, soft

1 cup raw cacao

1 ts seasalt

1/2 cup almonds

 

Instructions:

Place the walnuts in a food processor and blend, be careful not to blend to long, than you will end up with a nut butter and this is not what we want here. Just blend until finely ground.

Add the cacao and the salt, blend again. Than you start to add the dates by putting them in the tube of the food processor, a few at a time while it keeps blending. Keep going until all dates are combined with the nuts. The result will be a soft, still compact ball of dough. Add chopped almonds with you hands. Press the dough into a form and place in refrigerator to set. You can also keep this in the freezer and take out a slice when you feel for a treat or get a surprise visit, thus this cake doesnt need any defrost time.

Enjoy this healthy snack!

Mindfulness at Dharma

Posted on: November 4th, 2012 by admin No Comments

Course and retreat in mindfulness, MBSR (mindfulness based stress reduction) 1-4 nov

Suddenly the sun was out and we could see the mountain. Perfect after practicing sitting with our inner mountain as Jon Kabat Zinn talks about. Walking meditation in the snow, feeling, hearing, seeing – simply being alive present in the now. Coming back to our inner house, focused and receptive at the same time. Sensing.

 

 

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