Thank you Derek. The difference between Yoga & Mindfulness is now crystal clear.
One can meditate while smoking mindfully, fully aware or fully conscious about every step of it from taking out cigarette to throwing smoke.
Here is the post Derek Oliver posted on his LinkedIn account.
My English is poor, pronunciation is further ahead of it. So I am using text to speech conversion to remove one hurdle at least. This way you may get a glimpse towards which I am pointing to, like it happens when you ask a stranger in non-English speaking country about something and he or she tries to explain it. Since you are thirsty of knowing about it, so you get it too. The consciousness plays an important role in communicating the point at much higher level where we all are connected because it is from one’s own experience or understanding.
You may prefer to listen to (in US English) this post on the podcast at Breaker – Philosia (दर्शन) , podcast at Castbox – Philosia (दर्शन) and my podcast at Radio Public – Philosia (दर्शन). It is a web version, no app needed.
You have option to listen this post in US Accent English at Radio Public from my podcast Philosia (दर्शन)
I quote “An Airbus 380 is on its way across the Atlantic. It flies consistently at 800 km/h in 30,000 feet, when suddenly a Eurofighter with Tempo Mach 2 appears. The pilot of the fighter jet slows down, flies alongside the Airbus and greets the pilot of the passenger plane by radio: “Airbus flight, boring flight isn’t it? Take care and have a look here!” He rolls his jet on its back, accelerates, breaks through the sound barrier, rises rapidly to a dizzying height, only to swoop down almost to sea level in a breathtaking dive. He loops back next to the Airbus and asks, “Well, how was that?” The Airbus pilot answers: “Very impressive, but now have a look here!” The jet pilot watches the Airbus, but nothing happens. It continues to fly stubbornly straight, with the same speed. After five minutes, the Airbus pilot radioed, “Well, what are you saying now?” The jet pilot asks confused: “What did you do?” The other laughs and says, “I got up, stretched my legs, went to the bathroom, got a cup of coffee and a cake. The moral of the story is: When you are young, speed and adrenaline seems to be great. But as you get older and wiser, comfort and peace are not to be despised either. This is called S.O.S.: Slower, Older, Smarter. Dedicated to all my friends who like me likes the S.O.S. approach!”
My comments: The similar difference holds true with Yoga and awareness meditation . If you practice awareness meditation even for few seconds each day for long time you will be having coffee etc as the pilot of Airbus did and at the same time awareness state continue to remain constant during the act.
While in Yoga you need to twist and turn your body like the fighter jet pilot did. It is very ancient method discovered by Patanjali. Mystics all over the world try to give the method which is best suited for people of their time and future generations up to minimum 500 years.
Yoga is oldest method to discover the truth within. Awareness meditation and dynamic meditation combo is latest method suitable for contemporary people. If today someone is praising Yoga then it is like praising Postal communication with WA or Social Media where interaction is in real time. Yes, postal communication has its own advantages too and Yoga has its own advantages but the time required to fulfil the very purpose is not possible for everyone.
Osho strongly suggested Awareness Meditation because
1) People will find it difficult to spare time for meditation.
2) Life in itself becomes such a struggle and exhaustive just to survive that it is enough effort for anybody to fall into relaxed state.
3) Use of mind and stress to survive became so much that just like for birds to remain flying both wings needed, people need to learn to be able to draw energy from the infinite by connecting with cosmic source on daily basis. Awareness meditation fills this gap.
Awareness meditation is the way worked for me, may be you too find it suitable otherwise Dynamic meditation is for most of the people. There are 110 other meditation techniques discovered by Indian Mystic Gorakhnath about 500years before and further modified by Osho that one can experiment and the suitable one could be practiced in routine life.
Osho International Online (OIO) provides facility to learn these from your home,
1. through Osho Meditation Day @€20.00 per person. OIO rotate times through three timezones NY,Berlin and Mumbai. You can prebook according to the convenient time for you.
2. There is OSHO Evening Meeting streaming which can be accessed every day at local time starting 6:40 pm (of which Osho says that he wants his people to view it all over the world and these days it is possible) and 16 of the meditations mostly with video instructions and so much more on iOSHOthrough App.
3. There is a 7 days Free Trial also for people who would like to first try it out.
This is an opportunity for learning and knowing Osho through these sannyasins who lived in his presence and brought to life his words in best possible quality in all formats.
Disciples of Jesus left him alone in last minutes but Osho’s disciples remained with him till he left his body willingly after working, till last day, for all of us to get enlightened. Jesus tried hard till last minute, before being caught, to teach meditation to his disciples. As per Saint John’s Gospel:- Jesus used word ‘Sit’ to transfer his meditative energy to them and went on to pray God, but on returning he found them sleeping. He tried two times again but in vain.
Even today Zen people use word ‘Sit’ for meditation in their saying ‘Sit silently, do nothing, season comes and the grass grows by itself green’.
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