Osho : Watching is meditation
Question: Beloved Osho, For
me the most beautiful meditation is to sit in a corner
and watch the Children playing around the ashram. But
i’m in trouble: is this a meditation At all?
Osho: Watching is
meditation. What you watch is irrelevant. You can watch
the trees, you can watch the river, you can watch the
clouds, you can watch children playing around. Watching
is meditation. What you watch is not the point; the
object is not the point. The quality of observation, the
quality of being aware and alert – that’s what
meditation is. So perfectly good!
Children are beautiful – pure energy dancing around,
pure energy running around. Delight in it and watch it.
I don’t see why you are feeling yourself in trouble. The
mind goes on creating trouble. Whatsoever you do, the
mind goes on creating trouble. Now the mind says: Is
this meditation at all?
Remember one thing: meditation means awareness.
Whatsoever you do with awareness is meditation. Action
is not the question, but the quality that you bring to
your action. Walking can be a meditation if you walk
alertly. Sitting can be a meditation if you sit alertly.
Listening to the birds can be a meditation if you listen
with awareness. Just listening to the inner noise of
your mind can be a meditation if you remain alert and
watchful. The whole point is: one should not move in
sleep. Then whatsoever you do is meditation – and don’t
be worried about it!
The mind constantly creates some anxiety. Many times
people come to me. They say they are feeling very good,
very high – but is this real? Now the mind is creating a
new trouble: Is this real? The mind has never asked this
before. When you have a headache, do you ask: Is this
real? You trust in misery too much. A headache is
necessarily real, but if you go high and you feel a peak
of bliss, the mind starts creating a subtle anxiety: Is
this real? You may be in a delusion,
hallucination, imagination. You may be seeing a dream.
Or if you cannot find anything else, then: Osho must
have hypnotized you. You must be in hypnosis. You cannot
believe that you can be blissful, that you can be happy.
Because of this tendency of the mind, the mind clings to
the miserable. Mind is always seeking and searching for
hell, because it can exist only in misery; in bliss it
disappears. Only in misery does it have throbbing life;
only in misery does its business go well. Whenever you
are happy it is not needed; when you are blissful, who
needs mind? – you have already gone beyond it.
The mind feels left behind, neglected, it starts nagging
you. It says: Where are you going? Are you hypnotized?
What illusions are you seeing? These are all dreams!
Because of this tendency, millions of people have come
to a meditative point some time or other in their life
but they miss the door. The door comes but they cannot
believe in it. Meditation is as natural a phenomenon as
love. It happens to everybody! It is part of your being,
but you cannot
believe in it. Even if it happens, you somehow overlook
Or even if you feel that something is happening, you
cannot say to others that something is happening because
you are afraid others will think that you have gone mad.
Your own mind goes on saying that this is not possible;
this is too good to be true. So you forget about it.
Remember again: in your childhood,
or later on when you were young, there must have been a
few moments. It is impossible that those moments
were not there; they have been there in everybody’s
life. Just try to recollect again and you will remember
there have been moments when something was opening, but
you closed it, afraid. Sometimes, sitting on a silent
night, looking at the stars – and something was going to
happen and you shrank; apprehensive, frightened, you
started doing something else. It was too good to be
You missed an opportunity. Sometimes, in deep love, just
sitting by the side of your beloved, something started
happening; you were moving in some unknown direction.
You became scared, you pulled yourself back to earth.
Sometimes, for no reason at all, just swimming in the
river, or running around in the hot sun, or just
relaxing on the beach and listening to the wild roar of
the ocean, something started happening inside you, some
inner alchemical change, as if your body was creating
Something inside... and you were moving in a totally
unknown dimension – as if you had wings and you could
fly. You became afraid, you started clinging to the
earth. It has happened many times when people come to be
initiated into sannyas. Sometimes, if I see very
perceptive people, very receptive, and I touch their
head, immediately they become scared. Just a few days
ago the daughter of Ashok Kumar, one of the very famous
film actors, took sannyas. The moment I touched her head
she started crying, ”Stop, Osho! Stop! Stop!”
And her whole body was shaking. She started clinging to
the earth. A door was very, very close. Something
tremendously valuable could have happened, but she
became afraid. Many times in each person’s life, such
moments come; but those moments are not aggressive, they
cannot force anything against you. If you are ready you
can move, drift into them, slip into them, float with
them, to the farthest end of existence. If you are
afraid you cling to your shore, and you miss the boat.
The boat cannot wait for you.
So don’t be disturbed by the mind. Watching children
playing around is a beautiful meditation –because
watching is meditation. But remember, don’t think about
it. If children are dancing, running around, playing,
shrieking, jumping, jogging, don’t start thinking – just
watch. Watch without any thought. Be aware, but don’t
think. Remain alert – just seeing, a pure seeing, a
clarity, but don’t start thinking about it; otherwise
you have already moved away. Watching children, you can
remember your own child back home. Then you have missed,
then you are not watching these children. Some memories
are floating in your mind. A film starts moving; then
you are in a daydream. Simply watch!
Source: from book "The Search" by Osho
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